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.
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.
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.