AIA PRESS CENTER
Desert Christian High School
1A-3A Coach of the Year
Grant has been a baseball coach at Desert Christian High School for 16 years. He was made the head coach in 2007 after serving as the assistant coach since 2001. After taking on a team full of challenges, Grant and the Desert Christian staff began to incorporate the "Character Matters" program. This program helped Grant and his assistant coaches implement character development with their players. Coach Hopkins took on the challenges of his team and used this program to it's fullest in order to benefit his team.
Coach Hopkins, along with the support of the school and the vision of several players, parents and coaches, a new home field was built in the fall of 2011. Current and former players helped gather materials to transform a desert area into one of the best baseball fields in the city. The field hosted it's first game February 29, 2012. Grant lead the team to their first State Championship in 2013. Midway through the 2014 season, Grant and his team were thrown an unexpected challenge with the passing of an assistant coach. The team faught through the grief and uncertainty and rallied on to win their second consecutive State Championship.
Regardless of what has been thrown at Grant and his players - they continued to push forward. Grant has been an integral part of the success of the baseball program at Desert Christian High School. Grant has helped young men graduate who have learned to play the agme with honor and respect, young men who have learned invaluable lessons about life and death and young men who represent the values of Desert Christian.
Events for the week of March 20, 2017
AIA Executive Board Meeting - 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Meeting - 7:30 am - 9:00 am
2017 AIA State Basketball Tournaments
The championships in 6A take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Watch all the semi-finals and championships basketball games on the NFHS Network for as low as $9.95 for a monthly pass. Check the brackets for the boys and the girls for all the match-ups, visit the tournament information page for the boys and girls for complete details, and download the programs