Our Coaches Co-Head Coach - Michael A. Harrell

Coach Mike Harrell, born in Tampa, FL in 1967, Captain with Goldwater Range Fire Dept and Battalion Chief at Gila Bend

Fire/Rescue. I currently reside with my family in Buckeye, AZ.

 

History

I began participating in sports at a very young age, starting with baseball. I also participated in basketball, football and track and field throughout my childhood. In 1985, upon graduation from high school, I became a member of the Arkansas Army National Guard (AANG) and an Assistant Scout Master with a local Boy Scout Troop, while attending the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In 1986, after a year of college and 19 mos. in the AANG, I became a member of the United States Air Force as a firefighter. While in the Air Force I had the privilege of traveling throughout the United States and Canada, as a member of the Whiteman Air Force Base Varsity Fast-Pitch softball team. I also played with my Fire Dept and Squadron’s fast & slow-pitch softball, basketball and flag football teams. Upon separating from the Air Force in 1994, I moved to Glendale, AZ.

Coaching Experience

My coaching experiences began in 1984 as a high school senior I coached a 15-16 yr old basketball team at the local Boys

Club. I have since coached in youth basketball, football and track and field leagues in Missouri and Arizona.

 

I am a  Level II Certified Coach through USA Track and Field – Coaching Education Program and am entering into my 5th season as an Assistant Track & Field Coach at Verrado High School, Buckeye, AZ. I’m  also  currently have (12) years of USA Track and Field coaching experience and am looking forward to our 6th season of the Arizona Speedstars Track Club, where I serve as the President and Head Coach.

Co-Head Coach - James Adkison

Coach James Adkison is from Midland TX and a Business owner in Goodyear, AZ.

 

History

I Started with organized sports in Jr. High where I balanced between sports and agricultural.  Excelling in Football, Track and Horse riding at the end of High School I had to make a chose between collage sports and the Rodeo circuit. In the end I took a scholarship to the University of Nebraska where I became the first person to win the Big 8 100 meters since Charlie Greene, a US Olympian, which lead to a Reebok contact for a short period. Upon completing collage with an Architecture degree life carried me to California where I started coaching.

Coaching Experience

I began coaching in California with a club team in 1995 for a mixed gender soccer team ages 6-8 and from there I went from Soccer to Football and then Track. Over the years I have put on many sports camps for speed and agility for up and coming athletes. In Arizona I have been an Assistant Coach for Verrado Middle School.

 

I am a Level 1 Certified Coach through USA Track and Field (Coaching Education Program for higher leaning in the sport

of Track and Field). I have over 15 years of Track and Field experience in the higher level of the sport of Track. I’m in my third season with the Arizona Speedstars where I serve as Co-Head Coach and speed specialist. I’m looking forward to seeing just how far the Speedstars can go this season.