Coaching Staff

APOLLO FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF

              Over the years, Apollo Football coaches have been recognized for their accomplishments with their teams:
                                                                     1985 Skyline Region Coaching Staff of the Year  
                                                                     1997 Skyline Region Coaching Staff of the Year
                                                                     1998 Skyline Region Coaching Staff of the Year  
                                                                     2001 Skyline Region Coaching Staff of the Year
                                                                     2010 Western Sky Region Coaching Staff of the Year
                                                                     2011 Black Canyon Region Coaching Staff of the Year
                                                                     2012 Black Canyon Region Coaching Staff of  the Year
                                                                     2012 Division 2 Section 1 Coaching Staff of the Year 

The current Apollo Football Coaching Staff is an experienced group of dedicated men who not only love the sport of football but want to see our young men become successful individuals on and off the field.

                        Matt O. Hanhila Sportsmanship Award - 2006

                  Coaches award

In 2006 the Apollo Coaching Staff was recognized prior to the State Football Championship Game with the presentation of the Matt O. Hanhila Sportsmanship Award.  This award, presented by the Arizona Football Officials Association, is presented each year to the coaching staff who best demonstrate overall sportsmanship during the season. 
Receiving the award were (left to right) Athletic Director Dan Streeter, Coaches Ross Luna, Tim Poole, Brett Irwin,
Steve Threadgill and Zack Threadgill.  Congratulations to Head Coach Zack Threadgill and his outstanding coaching staff.

                             
                                                         APOLLO FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF

Zack Threadgill
Zack Threadgill
     
     Varsity Head Coach - Offensive Coordinator
     14th year at Apollo teaching Systematic Conditioning - 12th year Head Football Coach
     Graduate of Apollo High School: 
              Varsity Letterman in Football and Baseball 
              1996 &1997 1st Team All-Region Quarterback
              1997 1st Team All-Arizona Quarterback
              1998 Arizona Senior All-Star Game
              1998 Down Under Bowl in Australia
     Football Scholarship to University of Nevada - Reno
     Graduate of Nevada:  4 year football Letterman / Bachelors Degree in Marketing Finance
                                         2 time WAC Academic All-Conference
                                         2 time WAC Offensive Player of the Week
                                         Senior year:  Team Captain / Most Valuable Offensive Player
     Masters Degree from Central Missouri State in Athletic Administration
     Coach Threadgill and his wife Shannon have identical twin girls Brookelyn and Emma


Chris Biesbrouck
Chris Biesbrouck
    
Varsity Defensive Coordinator
     12th year at Apollo teaching Biology and Thinking Science / 10th year coaching football at Apollo
     Graduate of Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights, Michigan
              Letterman in Football and Baseball
     Graduate of Western New Mexico University / Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Biology
     Coach Biesbrouck also coaches Baseball at Apollo
     Coach Biesbrouck and his wife Karen have sons Justin and Joshua


Aaron Walls
Aaron Walls
     Coaches Varsity Offensive Linemen
     3rd year at Apollo teaching Special Education / 3rd year coaching football at Apollo
     Graduate of Sunrise Mountain High School
              1998 1st Team All-Region Tight End
              2000 1st Team All-Region Tight End
              Football Scholarship to Northern Arizona University
     Graduate of Northern Arizona University / Bachelors Degree in Special Education
              4 year Football Letterman
               Inducted into the NAU Hall of Fame as a member of the 2003 Football Big Sky Champions
               During the playoffs, NAU defeated the # 1 seed.
     Coach Walls and his wife Lindsay have 2 children Colton and Adelynn

Jim Threadgill
Jim Threadgill
     Coaches Varsity Running Backs
     4th year teaching Business Operations and Business Technology at Apollo / 3rd year coaching Football at Apollo
     Graduate of Apollo High School
              Letterman in Football and Baseball
     Graduate of University of Arizona / Bachelors Degree in Communications
     Coach Threadgill has 2 children:  Nolan and Kenley
     Coach Threadgill also coaches Baseball at Apollo


Dyshod Carter
Dyshod Carter
    
Coaches Varsity Defensive Secondary
     1st year coaching at Apollo
     Graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Colorado
           Letterman in Football, Basketball, Wrestling and Track
           All-District and All-State Honors in Football
           Football Scholarship to Kansas State University
     Graduate of Kansas State / Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences
          4 year Football Letterman
          Big 12 Player of the Week Honors
          All-Big 12 Football Honors


Coach Smith
Marcus Smith
     Coaches Varsity and JV QB's and Receivers
     2nd year coaching at Apollo
     Graduate of Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, CA
          Letterman in Football, Basketball and Baseball
          2011 - 1st Team All-Eastern League
          2011 - CIF San Diego Section - Honorable Mention
     Graduate of Western New Mexico University / Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology
          4 year Football Letterman
     Coach Smith is engaged to be married to his fiance, Ms. Breanna Aker
     Coach Smith also coaches Baseball at Apollo 


Stacey Ellis
Stacey Ellis
    
Coaches Varsity Defensive Linemen
     1st Year Coaching at Apollo
     1992 - Graduate of Santaluces High School in Lantana, Flordia
          All-Area Football Honors
     1994 - Graduate of Kings River Community College in Reedley, California / Associate of Arts Degree
          Shared team MVP Award with his brother Rodney
          1st Team All-Coast Conference Linebacker
          Football Scholarship to Northern Arizona University
     1997 - Graduate of Northern Arizona University / Bachelors Degree in Social Work
          2 year Letterman in Football - Leading Lumberjack tackler both years
          Team Captain / Team Defensive MVP
          2nd Team All-Big Sky Conference Linebacker
          2nd Team Football Gazette All-American Team
     Coach Ellis brings a wealth of experience to Apollo having coached at Cortez, Maryvale, Ironwood, Sierra Linda
     Coach Ellis was also the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach at Phoenix College
             

Trey Lidle
Trey Lidle
     Varsity Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach / JV Offensive Coordinator
     1st year coaching football at Apollo
     2010 - Graduate of Poland Seminary High School
          Football and Wrestling Letterman
     2018 - Graduate of Youngstown State University
     Coach Lidle coaches baseball at Moon Valley High School


Roland Pierce
Roland Pierce
     Junior Varsity Head Coach - Defensive Coordinator
     5th year at Apollo as a Guidance Counselor / 5th year coaching football at Apollo
     Graduate of Cholla High School in Tucson, Arizona
          Football Letterman
     Graduate of Ottawa University / Bachelors Degree Religious Studies - Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling
     Coach Pierce was the Head Football and Baseball Coach at Boboquivari High School in Sells, Arizona
          2013 Division 6 Section 4 - Football Coach of the Year
     Coach Pierce and wife Raynette have 6 children:  Roland Jr., Ryan, Rielee, Rayven, Zoie and Jensing



  Frank Manolio
Frank Manolio

     Freshmen Head Coach - Offensive Coordinator
     5th year coaching football at Apollo and has 35 years in education
     Graduate of Youngstown State University / Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education
              Academic and Athletic Scholarships
              Football Letterman
     Coach Manolio brings over 45 years of coaching experience to the program
              He has coached all levels of football from Pop Warner through Varsity High School Football
     Coach Manolio and his wife Debbie have 2 children and 3 grandchildren
     Coach Manolio also coaches Wrestling at Apollo


Jimmy Lee
Jimmy Lee
     Freshmen Defensive Coordinator
     8th year coaching football at Apollo
     Graduate of Glendale High School
              Varsity Letterman in Football and Basketball
     Coach Lee brings over 25 years of coaching Pop Warner Football to the program
     Coach Lee and his wife April have 3 children;  Jimmy, Desiree and Arianna
     Coach Lee also coaches Girls Basketball and Softball at Apollo


Ben Vega
Ben Vega
     Freshmen Special Teams Coordinator
     17th year at Apollo teaching Physical Education / 19th year coaching football
     Graduate of Apollo High School
              1991 Apollo High School Outstanding Athlete
              1991 State Wrestling Champion at 119 pounds
     Graduate of Arizona State University / Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science
     Graduate of Northern Arizona University / Masters Degree in Educational Leadership
     Coach Vega and his wife Rebecca have 2 children Isabella and Benjamin III
     Coach Vega is also the Varsity Wrestling Coach


Salgado
Danny Salgado

     Freshman Assistant Coach
     7th year coaching at Apollo - 3rd year coaching Football
     Graduate of Carl Hayden High School
          Varsity Letterman in Football, Basketball and Baseball
     Graduate of Phoenix College
     Coach Salgado is retired after over 30 years with Alliance Beverage
     Coach Salgado brings over 25 years of coaching experience to the program
          He has coached Pop Warner, T-Ball, Little League for a total of 17 years
     Coach Salgado together with his wife Loretta had 3 sons - all graduates of Apollo
     Coach Salgado also coaches Girls JV Basketball and Freshman Softball


Kevin Moulis
Kevin Moulis - Athletic Trainer
     7th year at Apollo
     Graduate of Trevor Browne High School
          Varsity Letterman in Football and Track
     Graduate of Grand Canyon University / Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training
     Kevin is married to his wife Jessica