SAN TAN VALLEY — San Tan Foothills High School is used to changing football coaches every year or two, but “I’m going to stop that streak,” their latest coach said.
“I can promise them that they won’t be having to look for a new coach next year,” Mike Carlin said. “I’m not coming to Foothills to leave. I’m coming to stay for awhile and we’re going to work on building a contender. We’re working on building a team that’s going to fight and get after it.”
Carlin replaces Jeremy Beamon, who left the program after only one season at the helm. Beamon’s predecessor, Jeremy Sather, also only had one year as head coach. The coach before him, George de la Torre, lasted two seasons.
Carlin, 55, is currently the head track coach at Florence High School. He has more than 28 years of experience coaching playoff-caliber East Valley programs at Tempe, Marcos de Niza, Basha and Mountain Pointe high schools. He has been an assistant football coach for the last three seasons at FHS.
Carlin is a math teacher and has been a student council advisor at both Basha High School in Chandler and FHS. Years ago, he coached a couple of years of girls basketball at Basha and helped coach wrestling at Tempe.
He said his approach to coaching the Sabercats will be to get to know the players and determine what suits them best, such as whether they need to be a spread team or a run team. “We’ll figure out what’s going to suit the boys best so they’re in the best possible position to be successful.”
Carlin received a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education with a specialization in mathematics from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.
When he accepted the Sabercats coaching job, Carlin said, “I am excited for the opportunities and challenges that being the head coach at San Tan Foothills presents and look forward to getting down to working with the players, coaches, faculty and community of San Tan Foothills,” according to a Florence Unified School District news release.
Superintendent Chris Knutsen said, “Coach Carlin brings a unique perspective to his new position at San Tan Foothills. I am certain he will continue to create a culture of success for the football team and inspire greatness in the players as he has done in other areas of his educational career. His background in mathematics and his analytical approach will surely offer a competitive edge to the football program.”