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Daniel Hopper – Defensive Coordinator, Tackles, SS’s

Coach Hopper has a graduate master degree from Northern Arizona University in Leadership Administration, and a Teaching Bachelors in Physical Health Education and Biology from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.  He teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology at Tolleson High School and is the Defensive Coordinator for the varsity.  Coach Hopper was the defensive coordinator in Kingman, AZ before coming to Tolleson in 2013; and has 9 years of coaching experience in Michigan before moving to Arizona in 2007. Coach Hopper is supported by his loving wife, Tami, and sons Xavier and Joshua.

John Alessi – Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, QB’s, SS’s

Coach Alessi has a bachelor’s degree major in Social Science/History and a minor in secondary education from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He was the Freshman of the Year in the NAC conference and 3-time all-conference football player while he attended college. Coach Alessi played football for 15 years. He spent one year as a paraprofessional in 2014/15 at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Illinois before earning his first teaching job here at Tolleson Union High School in the summer of 2015.

James Carver – Defensive Coordinator, RB, LB

Coach Carver has a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix.  He teaches Automotive Technology at Tolleson Union High School and is the Defensive Coordinator for the Junior Varsity, Coach Carver has coached at Tolleson Union High School for the previous five years at the Freshman level.  Coach Carver is married to his loving and supportive wife, Delores and has two sons Angelo (27) and Robert (19) along with having a grandson Colton (4).

Richard Ruelas – OL, DL

Coach Rich has been a fixture in the Football Community by coaching for well over 20+ years in the West Valley. He is entering his 4th year in High School football and first year with Tolleson. Coach Rich is the OL/DL coach for this years JV team and is looking forward to working with these young, respectful student/athletes.

Born and raised in Arizona, he is married to his wife Kristina for 17 years and they have two children, Ashly and Damian. In his spare time, you can find him spending time with his family. He likes to go fishing, camping, BBQ’ing and watching College and NFL football. When and if he retires from coaching, he plans to compete in BBQ contests.

Favorite food:  BBQ

Favorite movie(s): The Godfather I, II, & III

Favorite team: Dallas Cowboys

Miguel Galindo – WR, DB

Coach Galindo has a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education from Arizona State University.  He teaches junior and senior mathematics at Tolleson Union High School. Coach Galindo is the Wide Reciever and Defensive Back Coach for the Junior Varsity. Galindo has coached at Tolleson Union High School for the previous five years, 8 years of coaching football overall.  Coach Galindo is engaged to his loving and supportive fiance, Carmen Salinas.

Coach Wilke will be entering his seventh year as Head Coach for the Tolleson Wolverines. Coach Wilke just completed his 21st year coaching and 14th year as Head Coach. Prior to Tolleson, Coach Wilke was the Head Coach at Valley Vista High School (2007-2011) and Glendale High School (2004-2006). Wilke’s team captured 2 Region Championships at Glendale High School and he has lead all three programs to the playoffs in his career. He has also spent most of his career as a Head Track Coach and his 2006 Glendale High team produced an Arizona State Championship. Prior to becoming a Head Coach, he assisted at Glendale High School, The Colony High School (Texas), Aubrey High School (Texas), West Texas A&M University and Bemidji State University (Minnesota). Coach Wilke graduated from Menominee High School (Michigan) where he lettered in Football, Basketball, Track and Tennis in his career. Wilke then attended Northern Michigan University (1992-1996) and was a four year letter winner for the nationally ranked football program. Coach Wilke is married to his lovely Wife Tricia and they have a son Bryson (9) and daughter Tessa (6). Coach Wilke can be reached at jason.wilke@tuhsd.org or (623)478-4302 if you have questions about the Wolverine Football program.