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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.  

He will also join the RHS faculty & staff as a Business & Technology teacher.

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 and Matthew, 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.

Bruce Nelson - Offensive Line

Been coaching for a “long time” – most recently at Interlake HS as OL Coach; also coached at Issaquah HS and Sammamish HS. Coached junior football for many years in Bellevue.

Mark Rosauer - Running Backs

Coach Rosauer joined the Redmond Football Coaching Staff this season after coaching running racks at Eastside Catholic. He played running back and receiver at Eastside Catholic ’99 for Head Coach Chuck Tarbox and Offensive Coordinator Bill Marsh. Coach Rosauer graduated from Gonzaga University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business and later earned his MBA from Saint Mary’s College. Mark owns and manages a real estate brokerage firm in Issaquah; Mark Rosauer Realty.

Hugh Stewart - Wide Receivers

In his fourth year coaching for the Mustangs, Coach Stewart has enjoyed being around these kids and being a part of this up and coming Redmond High School football program.  A native of Washington, he played football at Liberty High School.  He and his wife of almost 25 years have three children.  He is very involved in their lives including nine years of coaching experience in youth sports.  He is also a big Seahawks and Mariners fan!

Mark Bruener - Assistant Offensive Line

This is Mark's third year coaching at Redmond High School.   Mark previously spent 5 years coaching his sons while they played for the Redmond Junior Mustang program.  He attended Aberdeen High School and is a graduate of the University of Washington.  He loves being involved in youth sports and enjoys seeing how it teaches young athletes life lessons they can carry with them forever.  Off the field, he loves to golf and spend time with his family.  Mark and his wife Traci have 5 kids:  Allie, Chloie, Carson, Braydon, and Hudson.

Dan Holden - Defensive Coordinator

Coached at Newport 34 years (6 as Head Coach) – won a state title as Head Coach. Also, coached at Cedar Park Christian 7 years (2 as Head Coach). He currently resides in Redmond with his wife Kay.

Don Rodrigues - Linebackers

Teacher and Coach at Milpitas HS in Northern California for 33 years.  Coached at Cedar Park Christian in 2015. Been married to his wonderful wife Candy for almost 46 years they have 2 daughters who are married and have 5 grandchildren, the newest arrived in April!

Brad Bendix - Defensive Backs

This is Coach Bendix 25th season coaching H.S. football. Most recently at Newport H.S. for 9 years and prior to that coached at Meadowdale, Renton and Sammamish. Away from football, he works in I.T. for Nordstrom merchandising. Many moons ago, he graduated from the UW. He currently lives in the Rose Hill neighborhood with his wife and son.  “I am looking forward to coaching in the Kingco again and to a great future at Redmond.”

Tyrone Sheffey - Defensive Line

Coach Sheffey joins the staff, previously coaching at Cedar Park Christian. He is a former defensive lineman for the Washington Huskies, where he learned under legendary coaches Don James and Randy Hart.

Brian Carter - C Team Head Coach

This is Coach Carter's third season with the Redmond Football program.  He grew up on the Eastside, and went to Lake Washington High School, where his love for playing football started.  He pursued playing football at Central Washington University from 1996-1998.  After college, he played a number of years of semi-pro football and one year of arena football.  His fondest memory is winning the Shamrock Bowl in 2010 with the Dublin Rebels.  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.

Aaron Rembisz - C Team Defensive Coordinator

Coach Aaron played football at L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas before receiving a football scholarship to Stanford University, where he earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.  He was the starting Nose Tackle at Stanford, playing for head coach Dennis Green and then under head coach Bill Walsh during his Senior year, when the Cardinals finished #9 in the nation, defeating Penn State in the 1993 Blockbuster Bowl.  He coached Little League baseball for 8 years, and he was the Defensive Coordinator for the Juanita Jr. Rebels in 2015 and Redmond Jr. Mustangs in 2016.   His passion for coaching is fueled by the opportunity to inspire young athletes to develop self confidence, leadership, and strength of character to help them excel in sports and in life.  When he's not coaching football, Aaron is an avid road cyclist and enjoys watching movies, doing home improvement projects, and spending time with his family.  Aaron and his wife Laurissa have a son Ryan, who plays football for RHS, and a daughter Sarah.  

Parker Dixon - C Team Offensive and Defensive Line Coach

Coach Dixon is entering his first full year teaching at Redmond High School.  He played offensive and defensive line at Cedarcrest HS in Duvall. He is a member of the Marine Corps Reserve.

Darius Terry - Director of Strength & Conditioning

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.  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.  Coach Terry has 3 children:  Olivia, Evan, and Lilah.