Mike Grothaus
Varsity Head Coach


Coach Grothaus is entering his fifth season as the head basketball coach of the Basha Bears. As head coach of the Bears, Coach Grothaus currently has an overall record of 83-34. 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 where they ultimately lost to the College of Eastern Utah.

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 Bachelorís Degree in Exercise Science and a Masterís Degree in Secondary Education.

Coach Grothaus married his college sweetheart, Vanessa Grothaus, on April 12, 2013 and they now have two children, a daughter Elizabeth who is 3 years old, and a son Benjamin who is 5 months old.



Gordon Rutledge

Andy Moeller

Coach Moeller grew up in Iowa and attended college in South Dakota. After graduating college, he headed south to Arizona to pursue a teaching and coaching career.

This is Coach Moeller's first year on the Basha basketball staff and he is looking forward to helping continue the tradition of success at Basha High School.


James McCabe
Varsity Assistant

This is Coach McCabe's third year being a member of Coach Grothaus staff and he couldn't be more excited to be here. Coach McCabe has known Coach Grothaus for nearly 20 years. Coach McCabe and Coach Grothaus grew up playing for all of the same coaches and feel they have a mutual vision for the principles and system they teach.

Coach McCabe has previously spent time as a Skills Coach, helping young players develop their technique and knowledge of the game.

Coach McCabe currently works for an Investment company and is grateful his schedule allows him to be a part of this program. Coach McCabe recently celebrated his 5th wedding anniversary with his wife Alexis and they are both very excited to be a part of Basha Nation.


Dean Schiche
Junior Varsity Head Coach

This is Coach Schicheís second year as a member of Coach Grothausí staff. He is excited to be a part of the staff and contribute in any way he can. He originally grew up in Wyoming playing basketball, football, and soccer all 4 years of high school.

He attended the University of Wyoming and is currently a US/AZ History and Government teacher at Basha.

Coach Schiche was married to his wife Haylee in May of 2015.


Chris Ahern
Junior Varsity Assistant

Justin Hastings
Freshmen Head Coach

This is Coach Hastings' second season as the head freshmen boysí basketball coach at Basha High School. 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 Hastingsí 22nd 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. Justinís family includes his wife of 18 years Nicole and their children: Thomas (15), Emily (12) and Andrew (9).


Chris Noder
 Freshman Assistant Coach

This is Coach Noder's second year as a member of Coach Grothaus' staff at Basha High School and he is excited for another season of Bearsí Basketball. Coach Noder previously coached basketball at Hamilton High and Kyrene Junior High. He has also coached for the East Valley Rebels and East Valley Grizzlies. Coach Noder has coached many different age groups, helping young players develop fundamental skills and a love of the game.

Coach Noder is an Army veteran and former Mesa police officer. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Annie, for over 20 years and has two sons, CJ and Joey. He is looking forward to a great year at Basha High.


Rob Burns
 Freshman Assistant Coach


This is Coach Burns' first year as a member of Coach Grothaus' staff. Coach Burns hails from Sioux Falls, SD but has lived in the Phoenix area for 3 years. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies from the University of South Dakota, and a Masters in Education from the University of Sioux Falls. In addition to coaching he'll be teaching English at Basha.

 Coach Burns previously spent time coaching freshmen boys basketball at Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen, AZ. Before moving, he coached junior high boys' basketball in Sioux Falls, SD. Also, Coach Burns was a varsity assistant at his alma mater, Sioux Falls Bishop O'Gorman High School.  The team won the 2013 Class AA South Dakota state title.   

Coach Burns and his girlfriend, Regan, have been dating for a year and a half and will be moving to Chandler in the fall.



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