Staff & Coaches

Nick Morrell, Director of Sports Performance

Nick Morrell - Director of Operations 

I was born and raised in Ogallala, Nebraska and graduated from Ogallala High School in 2004. .  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.  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.

Steve Jimenez

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.  Steve has been with the Roughrider program since its conception in 2017.

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 (22), Alyssa (20) and Coby (17)


Brian Greene

Brian is a Colorado native and grew up in Thornton. Brian was a standout player at Horizon High School where he won a State Championship in 1998 and was named Colorado Mr. Basketball in 1999. Brian went on to play 4 years at Colorado State where he led the Rams to their first ever Mountain West Conference Championship and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 13 years. After his college career Brian went on to play professionally for 13 seasons in Europe. Since retiring in 2015 Brian has enjoyed coaching multiple youth teams in the Denver area including more than 3 years with the Rough Riders.

Kelly Meek

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.

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.

Tracy Neely 

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 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.


Rick Dunn

Rick has lived in Colorado for the past 11 years when he moved with his family from the Midwest living in Indiana, Minnesota and Illinois. He has over 10 years’ experience of coaching youth sports up to high school where he prefers to focus on teaching fundamentals, the importance of working as a team and learning lessons through both successes and failures. Knowing the impact that coaches had on his life, he takes the role with the players seriously and tries to be a positive role model by building an environment that promotes growth and development while making sure to bring passion and fun to the game.

Coach Lance Smith and TeamLance Smith

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.