Major Football Announcement

Happy Friday Football Families,

San Tan Charter School has seen a great deal of success over the past few years with regards to both tackle and flag football and we continue to be proud of all the opportunities that our boys have been given with regards to all state teams and college scholarships. Next year will see some significant changes to our tackle program as we move from our current 8-man to 11-man as well as the addition of our new football stadium; always exciting times to be a Roadrunner!

As we move into our next chapter I would like to thank Coach John Lokey for leading our Varsity tackle program over the past two years. Coach Lokey and I have decided to move in a different direction for San Tan and he will be stepping down as head coach to explore other opportunities. Given that he is now a State Champion Varsity head coach I am sure that we will see him again on the other side of the ball. Thank you coach and best of luck.

Coach Jay Gonzales will be shifting his focus fulltime to our two-time State Championship Basketball team, did you know that Coach Jay is 47-1 as a Varsity Basketball coach. Coach will be working with our administrative team as we transition and find those individuals that will help us continue to provide a top notch flag program. San Tan believes that we can achieve this by taking the same approach as we have for our other major programs and find someone that can oversee the program from all levels, just like we have done with Coach Jay and basketball.

Over the past few months I have been working with my team to put together the best football coaching staff in the East Valley if not the State of Arizona. I am happy to announce that Super Bowl XLI Champion Darrell Reid will be our Varsity Tackle Head Coach as well as oversee all Football Operations for the upcoming school year. In addition, Coach Walker will be returning to our staff to provide consistency and background knowledge of our Championship team. Coach Brian Echols and Coach Terry Jackson will be assisting, rounding out our foundational coaching team. Over the next few months we will be adding additional coaches for both tackle and flag. However, I wanted to provide to you our core coaching staff for the fall.

Our coaching staff will be out at Spring workouts this Saturday, please plan on stopping by to say hi. If you have not yet had your boy out to participate in these Saturday camps, now would be the time to start as it is open to all flag and tackle football boys.

San Tan Football will be hosting Spring workouts on Saturdays at the school field.


Please have your athlete to the school field at 10:30; the workouts will conclude at 1:30.


The training will contain activities that build character, motivation, leadership, along with speed and agility, including weights and positional training. These workouts are highly recommended for the upcoming season as we continue building excellence as a Student-Athlete on and off the field. We hold high expectations recognizing the significant role the student athlete will have in this program, next year and years to come. Athletes will need to bring both their regular shoes and cleats to these workouts along with water.


We have greatness ahead of us as we move, “One Step Closer”.


Head Coach – Darrell Reid

Coach Reid played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2000-2004, where he was a four-year starter. He arrived at Minnesota as a linebacker, but was switched to defensive tackle in 2001. During his junior season, he led the team with 5.5 sacks. Reid switched to defensive end in 2004 and again led Minnesota in sacks with 7.5.

Coach Reid was signed as by the Colts, and spent time as a defensive tackle and fullback in goal line situations, as well as special teams. Reid won Super Bowl XLI with the Colts in 2007. After playing for the Colts Reid was signed by the Denver Broncos in 2009 where he played out the remainder of his career. Additional information about Coach Reid can be found at this link.

Coach Stephen Walker

Coach Steven Walker joined the Roadrunner coaching staff last season and helped lead the Roadrunner’s to their first Football State Championship last fall. Coach Walker has had much success on the field as a running back and linebacker for the 2000 & 2001 Red Mountain High School State Championship football teams, earning All-American & All-State honors his senior year. After graduating from Red Mountain, Coach Walker earned a scholarship and played at the University of North Dakota. Coach Walker comes to San Tan from Red Mountain High School where he was the Freshman Assistant Coach, leading the team to many undefeated seasons. Mr. Walker has a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and teaches Math at San Tan Charter School.

Coach Terry Jackson

Coach Terry Jackson has played running back his entire life. During his senior year at Saginaw High School he rushed for over 1700 yards and 20 touchdowns leading the school to its first and only state championship. Coach Jackson went on to play collegiately for the University of Minnesota where he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten and rushed for 1300 yards during his sophomore season. He transferred to Southern Illinois University where he earned the chance to play in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans. He is currently a father of five and has dedicated his life to helping young men become integral parts in society.

Coach Brian Echols

Coach Echols earned an athletic scholarship to play for Michigan State University and was a starter on Special Teams as a freshman and later earned the position of Safety. In 1996 Coach Echols had the opportunity to play in the NFL for the NY Jets and San Francisco 49ers. Coach Echols is the Owner of Ultimate Development Athletics and was the former Athletic Director of AZ Compass Prep in Chandler. Mr. Echols has a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and will be teaching Strength and Conditioning at San Tan.



Educationally Yours,


Kristofer Sippel


San Tan Charter School