Mike Grothaus
Varsity Head Coach

Coach Grothaus is entering his sixth season as the head basketball coach of the Basha Bears. As head coach of the Bears, Coach Grothaus currently has an overall record of 93-51. 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 his college sweetheart, Vanessa Grothaus, on April 12, 2013 and they now have two children, a daughter Elizabeth, and a son Benjamin. They will be having their 3rd child in December.


Justin Hastings

This is Coach Hastings' third season as a boys’ basketball coach at Basha High School. The previous two seasons he served as the head coach of the freshman team. This season he will serve as a varsity assistant coach. 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’ 23rd 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 19 years Nicole and their children: Thomas (16), Emily (13) and Andrew (10).


Gordon Rutledge

Dean Schiche
Junior Varsity Head Coach

This is Coach Schiche’s fourth year as a member of Coach Grothaus’ staff. He served as varsity assistant in his first year and coaching JV the last 3 years.

He attended the University of Wyoming for his undergraduate degree and received his Master’s in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.

Coach Schiche has been married for 3 years to his wife Haylee who both share a passion with basketball and developing student athletes at Bash High School.


Rob Burns
Junior Varsity Assistant

This is Coach Burns' second year as a member of Coach Grothaus' staff. Coach Burns hails from Sioux Falls, SD but has lived in the Phoenix area for 4 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 teaches 10th and 11th grade English at Basha.

Last year, Coach Burns assisted Coaching Hasting and Coach Noder on the freshmen team. Prior to Basha, he 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.

As a member of the 2005-2006 Sioux Falls Bishop O’Gorman High School, he help lead the team to the school’s first state title in South Dakota boys’ basketball history.

Coach Burns and his wife, Regan, married on August 2004. Currently, they are living in Chandler and are expecting their first child in May.


Chris Ahern
Freshmen Head Coach

This is Coach Ahern’s third year as a member of Coach Grothaus’ staff at Basha High School. Coach Ahern served as the JV assistant and is excited to be the new head freshmen boys’ coach.

Coach Ahern was a previous player at Basha High School, playing under Coach Grothaus his junior and senior year. Coach Ahern has also coached the East Valley Grizzlies, coaching multiple age groups for the past two years.

 Coach Ahern was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona and currently attends Arizona State University. He will graduate in the Spring with a degree in Finance.


Chris Noder
 Freshman Assistant Coach

This is Coach Noder's third year as a member of Coach Grothaus' staff at Basha High School and he is excited to begin another season.

Coach Noder grew up in Chandler and is a native of Arizona.

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 22 years and has two sons, CJ and Joey who both attend Basha High. Coach Noder is looking forward to a great year of Bears' Basketball.


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