Varsity Offensive Coordinator
Coach Mike Gibbons is beginning his 34 th year of coaching high school football in Arizona and is very excited to be a part of the Desert Vista community. He began his career in 1989 as a part of legendary coach Karl Kiefer’s state championship staff at Tempe McClintock High School.
Coach Gibbons has been the varsity offensive coordinator at the
-Tempe McClintock (1996-1999)—3 state playoff appearances
-Tempe Marcos de Niza (2004-’05, 2018-2019)—2 state playoff
-Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep (2002-’03, 2006, 2011-2012)—3 state
-Phoenix Brophy College Prep (2013-2017)—4 state playoff appearances
-Phoenix Mountain Pointe (2020-’21)—1 state playoff appearance
-Mesa Eastmark (2022)—1 3A state championship
Coach Gibbons also was the Head Football Coach at Tempe McClintock High School (2007-2010), leading the Chargers to 3 state playoff appearances
in four seasons.
Varsity Defensive Coordinator
Varsity Offensive Line
Varsity Wide Receivers
Mike has coached football at various levels for 20 plus years and has coach at Desert Vista for 12 years. Mike was raised in the West Valley and attended Glendale High School. After graduating, he received an appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs where he played football as a Linebacker and earned honors as a Team Captain and Academic All-American. He graduated from the Academy with an Engineering Degree and flew F-16s in the Air Force for twenty years, retiring as a Lt Col and Commander of the 62 nd Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB. After the Air Force, he flew 737s for Southwest Airlines. Mike is married to Karen and they have three children Joseph (DV 2011), Sarah (DV 2013) and David (DV 2015), who are all Desert Vista High School and Arizona State University Graduates.
After Axel’s college career, signed with the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats and BC Lions.
Axel has been with the program since 2022 and also coaches Desert Vista Track & field.