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Lance DeLay - Head Coach, Co-Defensive Coordinator

This year marks Coach DeLay’s 23rd year coaching high school football, his 6th with Redmond, and 1st as Head Coach. 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. Later he became Head Coach, garnering Coach of the Year honors. He then 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.

Coach DeLay's 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 and Hadley.

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.

Michael Atherton - Running Backs, JV/C Team

This year marks Coach Atherton’s 9th year coaching high school football.  Coach Atherton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He played for the Royals at Bethel and St. Olaf College before that both which were nationally ranked teams. He started coaching in Texas helping with offensive line and running game coordinator. He was last at Prince of Peace Christian School in Plano, Texas where he was the head offensive line coach and passing game coordinator.  Coach Atherton moved to Washington in 2018 with his wife JoAnna.

Mentoring and impacting young men’s lives for the future is the most important thing to him about coaching.  His hobbies include outdoor activities and athletic activities with his wife JoAnna.  Coach Atherton and his wife JoAnna are excited to be part of the Redmond High School football program. Go Mustangs!

Hugh Stewart - Wide Receivers, JV/C Team

In his 6th year coaching for the Mustangs, Coach Stewart has enjoyed being around the kids and being a part of the Redmond High School football program and extended family.  A native of Washington State, he played football at Liberty High School.  

Coach Stewart and his wife of 26 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!

Parker Dixon - Offensive Line, Head JV/C Team Coach

Coach Dixon played HS football as a lineman at Cedarcrest High School and attended Central Washington University for his education. He is entering his third 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.

Troy Roper - Asst Offensive Line, Videographer

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

Mark Bruener - Quality Control Offense/Defense, Tight Ends & H Backs

This is Coach Bruener’s 5th year coaching at Redmond High School. Coach Bruener previously spent 5 years coaching his sons while they played for the Redmond Junior Mustang program. He is in his 7th 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 formerly served on the NFL Players Association Executive Committee. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics. While at Washington, 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.

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.

Evan Benjamin - Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers

Coach Benjamin is returning to Redmond this year for his 11th year coaching the Mustangs. He played running back and safety at Redmond from 1999-2001, and then attended the University of Washington from 2001-2005 where he was a safety and linebacker. He went on to play off-season and at training camps in 2006 and 2007 for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Coach Benjamin's favorite aspects of coaching are developing young men, being around the game, being around other “football guys” (coaches), and seeing the success of hard work, and teaching after failures. Off the field he enjoys playing with his kids, recreational football & basketball, chess, golf, playing video games, watching live sporting events, and snowboarding. Evan and his wife Alicyn have two children, Briana and Quentin.

John Wayland - Defensive Line

This will be Coach Wayland’s 51st 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 - Asst Defensive Line, Defensive Coordinator, JV/C Team Coach

In his second year at Redmond High School, Coach Buckingham is excited to continue to enhance 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 building self-confidence and discipline through sports helps encourage a positive and respectful attitude towards others and helps establish future leaders 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. He met his wife Brooke at Portland State University attending a legislative affairs conference nearly 25 years ago and when they aren’t coaching or cheering for their kids Chase and Katie at football, soccer, lacrosse, or volleyball games, they enjoy spending time boating in the San Juan islands.

Michael Forcier - Team Manager

Michael is returning this year as the Redmond Football Team Manager. He is a Redmond grad, loves the game of football and being part of the Redmond Mustang team.