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Staff & Coaches

Steve Jimenez – Director of Coaching

Steve grew up in the North Metro area and has been coaching youth sports locally and beyond for over 25 years.  In that time, he has coached hundreds of boys and girls at many levels and in many places.  Most recently Steve served as the Elite Program Director with the Colorado Ballers where he was a Head Coach and Personal Skills Trainer.  Prior to that, he spent many years coaching girls on the national level for Colorado Elite as well as founding and coaching for the North Metro Blazer Basketball Club for Boys and Girls.  Steve has experience coaching locally at every level and in every league.

Over the years, Steve has had the fortune of seeing many of the girls and boys he has coached and helped coach go on to play collegiately.  He feels that the relationship he has with players that have been successful in reaching their goals has given him a clear vision of what it takes to be successful on the court both mentally and physically.  “Kids today have a much better understanding of what it takes to be great from a physical standpoint than ever before which is a good thing, but a lot of them don’t understand what it takes between the ears.  Overcoming adversity, developing confidence, and understanding why they do things not just what they do, are all examples of things I strive to instill in the players I coach and work with.”

Steve earned an athletic scholarship to Fort Hays State University and graduated from FHSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  He is married to Karla and they have three kids, Kylie (19), Alyssa (16) and Coby (14).

Nick Morrell, Director of Sports Performance

Nick Morrel - Director of Sports Performance

Girls Basketball Coordinator

I was born and raised in Ogallala, Nebraska and graduated from Ogallala High School in 2004. Throughout middle school and high school, I was a multi-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, wrestling, track, and baseball. After my senior year, I was selected to the Nebraska Class B All-State team in both Football and Basketball and was also selected as a Shrine Bowl Participant.  I went on to play basketball at both the University of Nebraska @ Kearney and the University of South Dakota and graduated with a physical education/health degree. During the three seasons I was at UNK the teams were 25+ wins each year,  always in the hunt for the conference title, and always amongst the top rated teams. I transferred to the U of South Dakota for my senior year, again the team won 25 games and made it to the regional tournament.  After graduating for the U of South Dakota with a degree in Physical Education and Health, my wife and I moved to Prescott Valley Arizona where we both began our teaching and coaching careers.  During the 8 years I have been in Arizona I helped build the Titans club basketball team which was based out of Prescott AZ.  I had teams from 4th-11th grade playing in tournaments and leagues in Phoenix where we experienced a lot of success. I also coached a girls elite team for the Arizona Sting.  This team traveled to tournaments around the country, competing against top rated athletes.   From the very first time I stepped into a basketball gym and heard the screeching of the shoes on the court, the sound of the net as the ball floated through the hoop and saw the intensity, focus, determination that the game demanded from the players, I had fallen in love.  Still today, there aren't too many places that I'd rather be then in a gymnasium full of hoops.  When I stepped on to the court I wanted to show that all of the work that I was putting in the gym, the running, strength and conditioning workouts, dribbling drills, passing drills, and shooting drills were paying off.  Win or lose that game, I wanted to make sure that the other team respected me and the way I played.  The passion that I brought as a player is the same passion I bring to coaching today's athletes.  I want them to achieve their goals as much as they do.  It gives me as much joy to coach and teach the game of basketball as it did growing up learning how to play it.

Kelly Meek - Elite Coach

Kelly Meek spent 36 years as a high school coach, including 34 as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Steamboat Springs High School. With the Sailors, he won 44 league, district or regional championships, and 20 preseason tournament championships.

Coach Meek's teams won the Western Slope League championship in eight of his last 11 seasons, including three undefeated campaigns in the last four seasons. In that span, the Sailors won 30 consecutive league games to set a school and league record.

Meek finished with 544 wins all-time at Steamboat Springs which ranks him third all-time among Colorado high school coaches and second all-time among coaches at one school.

Meek entered the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

Coach Meek after retiring became an assistant coach at Western State Colorado University until 2014, with his main responsibilities including player development and opponent breakdown.

Elite Coach Tracy NeelyTracy Neely - Elite Coach

Tracy brings an abundance of experience as both a player and a coach.  Tracy enjoyed a very good college career as a 4-year starter with individual awards that included: All-Conference, All-State, All-District 25 (Georgia and Florida) College All-Star Team, 1st Team All-Tournament and team’s Most Valuable Player at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, averaging 21 points and 8 rebounds per game.  Tracy completed his playing career at Lewis Clark State College in Idaho, where he earned two bachelor's degrees from LCSC.  Tracy completed a Master’s degree from Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington.

Tracy has coached basketball in a variety of capacities, starting with AAU basketball. Two seasons ago, he coached high school basketball at Nezperce High School in Idaho and spent three seasons at Legacy High School, first as an assistant and promoted to Head Coach. In addition to his duties as one of our Elite coaches, Tracy coached the Pomona High School freshmen boys to a 14-5 record this last season.

Jason Johnson - Elite Coach

Jason Johnson has over 20 years of coaching experience, 13 of those as a head varsity coach at the High School level. Jason began his coaching career at Flint Hills Christian School in Manhattan, KS where his team won a small school state title in 1998 and runners up in 1999. He coached at Skyline High School in Longmont, CO for eight seasons, seven as head coach, winning conference and regional titles in 2002 and was named Tri-Valley Conference “Coach of the Year” in 2002 and the Longmont Daily Times-Call “High School Coach of the Year” in 2002 and 2003.

Coach Johnson currently coaches the RoughRiders 5th grade team that includes his son Brayden. He believes that combined with the outstanding facilities, sport specific athletic training and the number of excellent experienced coaches that RoughRiders is the best club in Colorado to help his son and all aspiring players to become the players they can possibly be.

Coach Lance Smith and TeamLance Smith - Elite Coach

Lance Smith is from Minneapolis Minnesota and has been a basketball fan all his life. Growing up Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan were my idols. My favorite part about being a Rough Rider coach is seeing the boys get better and play better together as a team.  My entire life I had great coaches that really impacted my life, I'm hoping to be a fraction of what they were in influencing our boys' lives in basketball. My basketball motto is the pass will set you free.

Coach Michael Vandahl Michael Vandahl - Elite Coach

Michael is excited to continue working with the mentors that taught him so much as a player. He has enjoyed coaching the Steamboat Springs High School Boys Basketball program over the past four years, where he once played. While putting his own stamp on the program, Kelly Meek and Mike Moskowitz have been outstanding mentors for Michael's growth as a coach.

On top of coaching the high school team, Michael has been an integral part of building High Altitude Basketball. An organization designed to create basketball opportunities for all in the Yampa Valley/Northwest Colorado. Under Michael's direction, the club has grown exponentially, now offering competitive and recreational programs to boys and girls throughout northwest Colorado. Although he has stepped down from his position as Director of Basketball Operations, he remains a board member and advisor to the organization.

Michael is extremely excited about the opportunity to coach for the Rough Rider's program.