Meet the Coaches

Jonathan Schley, Athletic Director      

Lesli Napier, Athletic Assistant      
phone: 480.855.0015 ext.551

Coach Kerry Nelson - Track & Cross Country

I teach 8th grade English and Reading.  This is my 4th year of coaching cross country and track.  I am lucky to spend time outside of the classroom building relationships with students I might not teach.  I have had the pleasure of meeting many gifted athletes and students of character in those four years.

Coach Kent Sackett - 7th Grade Girls Basketball

I have been coaching girls basketball since my daughter was 5 years old and she is 30 now. I coached 4 years at Gilbert High School and 12 years at Gilbert Jr, High School. I started a club team when my daughter was in 7th grade and all of the team members made their high school freshman teams. I enjoy coaching young athletes and watching them grow their skills.

Coach Tina Newman - Winter Cheer 
For the past 6 years, I have been a coach at South Valley. My coaching experience includes danceline, wrestling cheer, spring cheer, and most recently, winter cheer. Coaching is a rewarding experience because athletics help students enhance their talents, build character, and practice teamwork skills.


Coach Rita Keane - Spring Cheer
I have been coaching cheerleading for 20 years. I am the Cheer Director for Gilbert Chandler Youth Football and Cheer and oversee 4 cheer teams with ages ranging from 5 to 15. I also currently coach a team that holds many cheerleading titles including 2 National titles, 3 regional titles and 3 State titles. My goals for the team are to have fun, improve their skills, while making new friends and creating memories.

Coach Nick Lopat - 7th Grade Baseball
I have been coaching for five years, I started coaching at Greenfield Junior High.


Coach Dave Newman - Girls Soccer, 8th Grade Softball and Baseball
Hi! My name is Dave Newman and I coach Girls Soccer, 8th Grade Girls Softball, and 8th Grade Boys Baseball here at South Valley.  I have coached the Sabercats soccer for seven years, softball for 11 years, and baseball for 10 years.  I began my coaching career at the age of eighteen and have been coaching for over 30 years.

Coach Ray Kaplin - Flag Football, Track and Field
Varsity letter wearer for 3 sports in high school. I am a four year varsity track and field athlete for Kent State where I competed against and beat Ohio State every year for all our buckeye fans.
Volleyball intramural Champion at ASU during my masters and coached football and track at 2 high schools in New York, 3 high schools in Arizona and 1 Junior High. 

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