Mike Grothaus  /  Varsity Head Coach  

Coach Grothaus is entering his eighth season as the head basketball coach of the Basha Bears. As head coach of the Bears, Coach Grothaus currently has an overall record of 120-79. The Bears won the State Championship in 2017 and were also the Premier Region Champions that same year. Prior to the championship season, the Bears made it to the semifinals of the state tournament. Coach Grothaus was named the 6A Coach of the Year as well as Premier Region Coach of the Year in 2017. Prior to coming to Basha, Coach Grothaus was the head assistant coach for Sam Ballard and the Thunderbirds of Mesa Community College. In his 5 years there, he was responsible for recruiting, scouting, game preparation, practice planning and strength and conditioning. During the 2009-10 season the Thunderbirds held an overall record of 25-7 and 19-3 in the ACCAC. They were crowned Region I champs and made it to the District I Championship game.

In high school, Coach Grothaus played for legendary coach Tom Bennett. In 2003, which was his senior year, his team went 31-3 and won the State Championship defeating Desert Vista 56-51. Coach Grothaus played his freshman year of college at Jamestown College in North Dakota and then transferred to Grand Canyon University where he played his last 3 years of college basketball. During his senior year, they were Pacific West Champions and made it to the second round of the National Tournament. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.

Coach Grothaus married Vanessa Grothaus on April 12, 2013 and they now have three children, a daughter Elizabeth, and two sons, Benjamin and Gabriel.


  Gordon Rutledge  /  Varsity Assistant Coach  



Prior to joining the basketball coaching staff at Basha High School, Coach Rutledge served as varsity assistant coach at Desert Ridge High School for five seasons and at Gilbert High School for eight seasons, including their state championship season of 2003.

Coach Rutledge was a prolific scorer and outstanding high school player at Gilbert High School. He attended Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University.

Coach Rutledge brings respect, knowledge and maturity to the BHS boys basketball program.


  Chris Ahern  /  Varsity Assistant Coach  




This is Coach Ahern’s fifth year as a member of Coach Grothaus’ staff at Basha High School.

Coach Ahern will serve as a Varsity Assistant Coach. Coach Ahern was a previous player at Basha High School, playing under Coach Grothaus his junior and senior year. He is grateful Coach Grothaus invited him back to coach for the program.

Coach Ahern was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Finance.

  Klay Stall  /  Varsity Assistant Coach  


This is Coach Stall’s first year as a member of Coach Grothaus’ staff at Basha High School. Coach Stall will serve as Varsity team assistant coach and is excited to be a part of the Basha basketball program once again.

Coach Stall was a previous player at Basha High School, playing under Coach Grothaus. Four-year letter-winner, Missed the majority of his senior year because of an injury… Averaged 11.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a junior… Scored in double figures in 21 of 29 games and pulled down double-digit rebounds 18 times… Owns the Basha High School record for total rebounds in a season. Named honorable-mention All-Arizona Division I by the Arizona Republic, All Region first team, and All CUSD first team.

Coach Stall went on to play four years at Utah State University, where the Aggies won the Mountain West two times.

Coach Stall was raised in Chandler, Arizona and is currently finishing his degree from Utah State in exercise science.

  Justin Hastings  /  Junior Varsity A Head Coach  

This is Coach Hastings' fifth season as a boys’ basketball coach at Basha High School. This season he will serve as the head coach of our Junior Varsity A team. He is a third generation native Arizonan having spent his entire life in Queen Creek and Chandler. After graduating from Chandler High School in 1993, Coach Hastings received his BA in Secondary Education from Arizona State University in 1997 and his MA in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2003.

He taught social studies for seven years at Chandler High School (1999-2003), Gilbert High School (2004) and Hamilton High School (2015). He has been managing his family's capital investment and real estate business since 2004. This will be Coach Hastings’ 25th season coaching high school boys' basketball at various levels including 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Chandler High School, 5 seasons as an assistant coach at Gilbert High School, 1 season as the head coach at Apache Junction High School and 4 seasons as an assistant coach at Hamilton High School. He feels very fortunate to have played and coached under some great Arizona basketball coaches including Joe Partain, Tom Bennett and Kevin Hartwig.

Coach Hastings is appreciative for the opportunity to work for varsity head coach Mike Grothaus and to serve the students, school, and community of Basha High. Justin’s family includes his wife of 21 years Nicole and their children: Thomas (18), Emily (15) and Andrew (12).

  Dean Schiche  /  Junior Varsity A Assistant Coach  




This is Coach Schiche’s sixth year as a member of Coach Grothaus’ staff. He served as varsity assistant his first year and as a JV coach the last four years.

Coach Schiche is a Social Studies teacher on campus at Basha. He attended the University of Wyoming for his undergraduate degree and received his Master’s in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Coach Schiche and his wife Haylee have two daughters, Adlee and Ashton.


  Nico Daal  /  Junior Varsity B Head Coach  





This is Coach Daal’s second year coaching at Basha High School. He was a 3 year varsity basketball player at Basha and was part of the 2017 state championship team.

He is currently a Senior at Arizona State University studying Sports Business.


  Chris Noder  /  Junior Varsity B Assistant Coach  

This is Coach Noder’s 5th year at Basha. He has coached at all levels and this year will be helping out Coach Daal with our freshman team. Coach Noder is looking forward to another good year at Basha. It is always exciting to watch young players learn the Basha Bears’ system. We have a talented group of young men this year. Coach Noder looks forward to watching them compete and grow as student athletes.

Coach Noder is an US Army Veteran who served in Desert Storm with the 525 Military Intelligence Brigade and a former Mesa police officer. He has been married for almost 25 years to his high school sweetheart, Annie and has two sons, CJ and Joey.

“This season has already had its share of obstacles. I am anxious for us to get back on the court and see what we can accomplish. GO BEARS!!”



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