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Mickey Ahrens - Head Coach

Prior to his arrival to Redmond High School, Coach Ahrens was the Head Coach at Franklin Pierce High School, where in 3 seasons at the helm he led them to a 21-12 record; 3 consecutive State Playoff appearances for the first time in school’s 65-year history; and was named the 2016 – SPSL 2A Coach of the Year.

Strong - Tough - Together: Coach Ahrens looks forward to implementing the foundation of his program which teaches character development and leadership. Moreover, Ahrens is excited to engage the entire city of Redmond to bring the ‘Friday Night Lights’ atmosphere to Redmond and give every community member every reason to attend RHS football games.

Prior to becoming Head Coach, Ahrens was an Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Franklin Pierce, Stadium and Lakes High Schools.

In addition to coaching in the high school ranks, Ahrens spent one season as the Defensive Backs Coach and Special Teams Coordinator at the University of Puget Sound. Coach Ahrens loves the recruiting process and is excited to help players achieve their dreams of playing at all levels.

He discovered his passion for coaching while playing under Legendary Coach Chuck Tarbox at Eastside Catholic HS (Also longtime Head Coach at Juanita and #8 ranked coach of the 20th Century – Seattle Times ‘99). In Ahrens’ senior season, where he played Wide Receiver, Eastside Catholic was the #1 Ranked team in 2A.

His coaching career started in 2000 with the Bellevue Wolverines junior football system, where he learned from another legendary coach, Butch Gontcharoff. This was a reunion of sorts, as Ahrens played his junior football in the Bellevue Foxes system, where Coach Gontcharoff was his head coach.

In 2004 he was invited as an alum, by then Eastside Catholic Head Coach Bill Marsh (RHS Alum ’90 and Football Hall of Fame ‘09) to be a part of a 5-member Board that helped launch the Crusader Junior Football Program. This experience inspired Mickey to start another junior football program; the Northeast Tacoma Tigers in 2008.

Ahrens graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. degree in Communication. He also earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Seattle University in 2008.

His greatest passion is every moment he shares with his son’s Ben (8) and Matthew (4) who are also excited to be a member of Redmond’s great community…. And you will definitely see them running around the field during games and practices.

Shane Fortney - Offensive Coordinator

Born and raised in the Seattle area, Coach Fortney played 3 sports (Football, Basketball, Track) at Mariner HS. He went to the UW on football scholarship and played QB and started 3 games before getting injured and transferring to Northern Iowa to finish out his Senior year.

“I have 3 kids and an awesome wife. Currently own my own Redmond based real estate development and building company.”

He has been involved in Redmond Junior Mustangs Football as a coach and/or a board member since 2012. Loves coaching kids & young adults and getting the most out of their potential. Looking forward to building something special at Redmond HS.

Troy Roper, Offensive Line

Troy has been coaching youth and youth sports for over two decades. Father of 5, Troy believes in the lessons of team sports, particularly football. Troy coached football through the Jr. Mustang program and is thrilled to join the coaching staff. Thanks to my wife for encouraging me to do what I love. 

Parker Dixon - Offensive Line

Coach Dixon played HS football as a lineman at Cedarcrest High School and attended Central Washington University for his education. He is entering his second year as both a Social Studies teacher and a coach at RHS. He is a Marine Corps Veteran. Coach Dixon loves being around the players and helping them grow and have fun and is thankful for the opportunity to help a group of young men bond, succeed, and work together to create life-long memories.

Darius Terry - Running Backs & Director of S&C

Coach Terry attended and played football for Sierra High School in Colorado Springs.  He went on to the University of Colorado, and the University of Wyoming, where he was the team captain of the 2009 New Mexico Bowl Champions. After starting his coaching career as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Wyoming, Coach Terry moved on to develop a top strength and conditioning program in the high school ranks. This will be his 8th year of high school coaching, the first 3 years at Interlake High School as the strength & conditioning/defensive backs coach.  He is starting his 10th year coaching and 7th at Redmond as the Mustangs head strength and conditioning/running back coach. Seeing the kids do things and develop skills they have never been able to do before is an aspect of coaching that he loves. He enjoys lifting weights and running marathons. Darius is married to the lovely, Tiana, and has 4 children, Olivia (10) Evan (9) Leila (8) Lilah (6).

Hugh Stewart - Wide Receivers

In his fifth year coaching for the Mustangs, Coach Stewart has enjoyed being around the kids and being a part of this Redmond High School football program and extended family.  A native of Washington State, he played football at Liberty High School.  He and his wife of 25 years have three children that graduated from RHS. He is very involved in their lives including ten years of coaching experience in youth sports.  He is also a big Seahawks and Mariners fan!

Mark Bruener

This is Mark’s fourth year helping to coach at Redmond High School. Mark previously spent 5 years coaching his sons while the played for the Redmond Junior Mustang program. He  is in his seventh season as a college scout for the Steelers, after previously serving three seasons as Pittsburgh’s BLESTO scout. Bruener played tight end in the NFL for 14 seasons, the first nine as a member of the Steelers (1995-2003) and the final five with the Houston Texans (2004-08). He was drafted by the Steelers in the first round (27th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft, and he played in 126 games, making 108 starts. His 137 receptions and 16 receiving touchdowns each rank fifth all-time in team history for a tight end. Bruener was also known for his excellent blocking skills. In his nine seasons with the Steelers, the team averaged 2,142 rushing yards per year. In 1998, Bruener was voted Steelers’ Sprint Man of the Year for his dedication to community service. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics. Bruener started his final three seasons at tight end, and finished his career with 90 receptions, which were the most by a tight end in team history at the time. During his freshman season, in which he saw action in all 12 games, the Huskies went undefeated and were named co-NCAA National Champions. Bruener formerly served on the NFL Players Association Executive Committee. Prior to joining the Steelers’ scouting staff full-time, Bruener spent the summer of 2010 interning in the Steelers’ scouting department during training camp. A native of Aberdeen, Wash., Bruener currently lives in Woodinville, Wash., with his wife, Traci, two daughters, Allie and Chloie, and three sons, Carson, Braydon and Hudson.

John Wayland, Defensive Line

This will be Coach Wayland’s 50th year of coaching high school football. He has coached in California, Oregon and Washington at the high school level, and has coached every position except for quarterback. Coach Wayland has been the Defensive Coordinator at four different high schools and is currently enjoying coaching the Defensive Line for the Mustangs for the sixth year. His most memorable accomplishments are receiving the KingCo Assistant Football Coach of the Year award in 2012 and the Oregon High School Coaches Association Assistant Football Coach of the Year in 1988. Coach Wayland is married to Kristina, who supports the team by typing all of Coach Wayland’s correspondence. In the off-season, Coach Wayland and his wife enjoy hiking and traveling.  

Sam Buckingham, Defensive Backs and Special Teams

Starting his first year at Redmond High School, Coach Buckingham is excited to help implement a new defense and grow the skill level of an amazing group of young men, many of whom he coached in the Jr Mustang and I-9 Football programs over the last 10 years. He believes that by building self-confidence and discipline through sports, it will help encourage a positive and respectful attitude towards each other and in our community. A native of Washington, Coach Buckingham played football for Elma High School, then spent the next 14 years serving in the US Army and Reserves. When he and his wife Brooke aren’t cheering for kids Chase (16) and Katie (12) at football, soccer, lacrosse, or volleyball games, they enjoy spending time boating and at their San Juan island cabin.

Lance Delay, Linebackers

This year marks Coach DeLay’s 22nd year coaching high school football, his 5th with Redmond and 1st with Coach Ahrens. Coach DeLay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Central Arkansas where he played on the NAIA National Champion football team. His coaching career began at First Baptist Academy in Dallas, Texas as their Defensive Coordinator and later becoming Head Coach and garnering Coach of the Year honors. Following that he became an assistant at Arlington Grace Prep Academy in Arlington, Texas, winning the TAPPS 4A State Championship. Coach DeLay has also coached in the Tom Hillary Football Classic showcasing the best high school talent in the State of Texas. His greatest victory in coaching is mentoring young men to succeed in the classroom, on the field, and in life. His hobbies include ministering to youth and adults incarcerated in prison. Coach DeLay and his wife Jeannette have 2 children, Bryce who is a sophomore in college and Hadley who is 11.

Brian Carter

This is Coach Carter's fourth season with the Redmond Football program. He grew up in Redmond and attended Lake Washington High School and graduated from Central Washington University. He has coached football with the Bellevue Wolverines Jr. Program, Juanita High School, and Interlake High School. He says that coaching football brings him great joy and it's all possible with the support of his amazing family, wife Rosanne and their two children Brennan and Sienna.