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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.

Tolleson Football Spring/Summer 2019 Important Dates

Spring Football:

This is mandatory for all current Tolleson Athletes that want to play football in 2019 that have made 85% of the offseason workouts or were in winter and spring sports.

Monday April 29th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday April 30th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday May 1st 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday May 2nd 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday May 4th 9:00 – 12:00 pm

Monday May 6th 4:00 – 6:00 pm       ***BILT Camp payment is due May 16th. The price will increase May 17th.***

Tuesday May 7th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday May 8th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday May 9th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday May 11th 8:00 – 12:00 pm – Sports Physicals at PCH in Avondale

Monday May 13th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday May 14th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday May 15th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday May 16th 4:00 – 6:00 pm – ***BILTCamp Payment is Due. The price will increase tomorrow May 17th.***

Friday May 17th 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Summer Important Date for ALL T-Town Players:

Summer Strength and Speed Training starts May 28th. Training will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 – 10:30 am all summer long. Rest and Recovery week July 1st – 7th and return July 8th.


Summer 10th – 12th Grade Team Camp at Embry Riddle University July 11th. We leave in the morning and return the afternoon of July 14th. 10th – 12th Grade mandatory parent/player meeting July 22nd 6:00 pm at Old Main. Practice starts July 23rd 4:00 – 6:00 pm for all 10th – 12th Grade players.

If you have sat at a pregame meal, a pregame speech, a practice days prior to a game or have looked a schedule before hand and think to yourself we are going to lose that game or this game the mentality you have is a WEAK mentality. Every team dedicates their time for improvement. However, the team that wins is the team that always believes in themselves. When you believe in yourself you and believe in your teammates anything is possible. The possibility to win any game is there. The mentality must come from you. 


When the improbable becomes probable

Science in sports shows our athletic capabilities and how we can achieve goals into helping us do incredible things. Check out some of these athletes and the incredible things they can do on the field. All this takes years and time of having a great work ethic and determination to be the best. 


Julio Jones

LeSean McCoy

Michael Vick

Cam Newton

The Gronk

Aaron Rodgers

Antonio Brown

Jerry Rice

Vernon Davis

Von Miller

Demarcus Ware


Ezekial Elliot

Kevin White vs Amari Cooper

Odell Beckham


Leonard Fournette


Ezekial Elliot


Barry Sanders JR.


Dez Bryant


Julio Jones


Ben Roethlisberger







                                                Never give up


“I’m an offensive lineman. You can put my grandmother back there and I don’t care, I want to be able to run the ball. That’s an offensive linemen’s attitude. I am not denying that some [running] backs are better than others, but we’ve got to take that challenge upon ourselves. If one of our backs goes out, we have to put it on our back and we’ve done a poor job of that.”


Sophomore offensive lineman Mason Walters on the mentality that the Texas offensive line needs going into the Holiday Bowl. Known for his fiery disposition and recently compared by Mack Brown to former Longhorn and all-around nasty dude Kasey Studdard, Walters is quickly becoming a leader along the line. Not to mention the most quotable.



“Linemen are literally the unsung heroes of the game. Their situation is analogous to the infantry in warfare. They do the hard, bitter fighting for victory. As the generals reap the headlines in war, the backs reap the headlines in football. Yet in their hearts, the generals and backs know that victory and the accolades came to them through the work of the footsoldiers and linemen.”


— Gomer Jones (Bud Wilkinson’s line coach at Oklahoma)


“We are offensive linemen, part of the o-line. Five guys working as a unit within the football team to establish the tempo and demeanor of the game. Our job description doesn’t sound fun, interesting or flashy, nor should it. Those who know football know the game is won or lost in the trenches, along the line. We start the play and if we are good we finish it. We are the O-Line, we set the examples, we “LEAD FROM THE FRONT.”

— Grey Ruegamer(Offensive lineman for the New York Giants)


Click Links to See Some Hogs destroying the Dogs!


Texas Tech Offensive Line Video


Green Bay Packers Offensive Line Video


Ole Miss Offensive Line Video


Nebraska Cornhuskers Offensive Line Video


Boston College O-Line Video


This is a an article on NFL Network about a Widereciever named Stedman Bailey. Bailey was shot two years ago in the head twice. He stated once he regained consciousness that he would play in the NFL again. This article shows the dedication to make your self better through life changing events. 

Link is right here!

Check out this link for a Great Reading on Keys to help you Succeed at Cornerback.

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As a running back some of the most important traits are awareness, speed, running ability and blocking ability to name a few and you also need to be intelligent in order to know the plays and understand your role on each and every play.

All of these aspects can be developed and there are a number of different things you can do to improve as a running back. Here some tips to help you do just that:

Notice Your Weaknesses

If you are able to watch back a tape of your performances then do so and make a note of where you are making mistakes. Maybe you are having trouble following your blockers or making the correct cuts when required. When you know and understand the areas you need to improve you are on the way to becoming a better running back. Ignoring criticism and problems is no way to develop as a player.

Define Your Style

Depending on your build and physical attributes you will be suited to a particular style of running. For example if you are a big and powerful build you will be much more suited to carrying the ball between the tackles whereas if you are a smaller, quicker player you will be better running to the outside and beating players with speed and agility rather than power. Make sure you know what your strengths are and play to them.

Work Hard in Drills

There are so many different drills designed to improve all the areas required to be a good running back. Rather than practicing full contact running, working through running back drills can be much more effective in helping you improve skills such as your ball control, agility, making cuts and awareness.

Work on Your Strength

When developing your strength training, don’t simply focus on one area of your body. If you build up upper body strength without working on your leg strength, then you aren’t going to develop as a running back. You need to work on getting stronger in the legs and the upper body and you will cause more problems to defenders.

Know Your Plays

Understanding the plays and knowing where you need to be following your blockers is a simple step to improving as a runner. Being organized and aware of what is going on will make it much easier for you to gain yards consistently.

Practice Catching

The running back position is not all about carrying the ball from the line of scrimmage. Being able to run routes and catch the ball downfield will make you a much more versatile and dynamic running back.

Practice Blocking

Occasionally you will not be involved as a playmaker during the game and you will be needed to protect the quarterback. Simply developing your blocking skills will make you a much more valuable running back and benefit you with more time on the field.

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Mental conditioning is a dynamic process of self-awareness and mental skills training that works to help performers and groups optimize thinking in order to optimize performance. Mental skills affect our performance whether we want them to or not. For example, in an intense pressure situation, confidence is going to be a key ingredient for success. So mental conditioning will help to ensure that we are better able to manage and maintain confidence in that clutch situation. 

For the individual performer:
It’s about going from good to great. More importantly, mental conditioning helps performers

  1. Understand what their great looks like and what gets them there
  2. Learn how to use mental training and preparation to get great performance more consistently
  3. More effectively manage challenges, obstacles, and pressure

Essentially, it involves learning how to condition your mind to make sure you are able to do the right things at the right times in order to get your best performance no matter what the circumstances.
Getting your best performance requires working on and improving your mental game…how you prepare for, think about, react to, and evaluate performance situations. Mental  conditioning can help individual performers improve the quality, effectiveness, and  efficiency of their training  and performance.
Whether you’re trying to get back to the performance you once had (performance restoration) or improve your performance closer to your full potential (performance enhancement), mental conditioning gives you the tools to put you in a better position to succeed.

For groups and teams: 
Mental conditioning helps team members and leaders better understand the dynamics of the group and learn how to more effectively work together to achieve group goals. The goal is to help everyone get on the same page, which is essential if the team is going to reach and consistently perform up its full potential.
Some key areas of focus for groups include…

  1. Outlining a clear and consistent vision, purpose, and identity for the group
  2. Identifying group goals and plans to achieve them
  3. Aligning individual goals and roles with the aims of the group
  4. Resolving and working through conflict
  5. Optimizing the group processes and system

Example  mental conditioning topics:


· Goals

· Focus/Attention/Concentration

· Practice/Performance Preparation

· Imagery/Visualization

· Energy Management & Regulation

· Biofeedback Training

· Dealing With Pressure/Anxiety/Burnout

· Composure/Emotional Control

· Communication

· Teambuilding/Team Cohesion

· Mental Toughness

· Self Awareness/Performance Profiling

· Leadership

· Quality Practice

· Confidence Building

· Learning From Mistakes

· Self-Talk/Thought Management

· Mindfulness

· Dealing With & Recovering from Injury


1. Acting Changes Everything (ACE) The ACE card that they have up their sleeve is a key weapon in the world champion’s toolbox. What does ACE stand for? ACE stands for Acting Changes Everything. Those athletes understand that they’re not athletes, they’re actors. See number two.

2. Force Yourself To Act Different Than How You Feel It is a lot easier to act yourself into feeling than it is to wait around and feel yourself into action. So if you are not confident, that is OK, just act confident, if you are scared, that is OK, just act as if you are not scared. The Karelian Bear Dog chases the grizzly bear not because he’s bigger or stronger, but because he believes he’s bigger and stronger.

3. Losing Is Not An Option World champions know that losing is not an option, it’s essential. In order for you to become a world champion, you’re going to lose. You’re going to lose because you’re competing against the best of the best. And when you get higher and higher in levels of competition, talent and physical skill means less and less because everyone has got it. It’s inevitable that we’ll eventually lose so know how you should respond when it happens. Learn from it and leave it. Failure is positive feedback.

4. Confidence Is A Choice Being a champion is also about learning how to respond when you are faced with adversity and how to respond when you don’t feel good. Do you respond with confidence? Remember confidence is a choice. You see, champions don’t wake up one day and say, “Mmm, well the sun and the moon and the stars are all lined up today, so I will be confident”. It doesn’t work that way with champions. Champions make the choice everyday to jump out of bed and be confident. They know their ‘ABCs’ are to ‘Always Behave Confidently’ because confidence is a choice.

5. What Will Other People Say? What Will Other People Think? There are ten deadly words that if you say them or believe them you will crush your performance. If you’re trying to be excellent, if you’re trying to get to the top of your field, if you listen to these ten deadly words, you are going to sabotage your career. Those ten deadly words are, “What will other people say? What will other people think?” It doesn’t matter what other people say. It doesn’t matter what other people think. In your pursuit of excellence, people are going to try and pull you down and talk trash about you because you are better than they are. When people stab you in the back or say things about you behind your back it is because you are in front of them. Be more concerned with your character, what you know is true than what other people say or think about you.

6. Champions Are Made, They’re Not Born Very few people are truly committed to the pursuit of excellence. Get used to looking yourself in the mirror, and answering to yourself. Because every night, when that head hits the pillow, that’s the person you’re going to answer to. Other people are going to tell you, you can’t do it. That you’re not big enough, fast enough or strong enough. Or even worse, you may be surrounded by a bunch of yes people who tell you that you’re the best when you are really quite average. You just can’t listen because champions know it doesn’t matter what people think because champions are made – they’re developed – they’re not born, and ANYONE can be a champion if they are committed to excellence and follow the fundamentals.

7. Motivation Is A Daily Decision To stay motivated, you’ve got to surround yourself with things that motivate you. Do you have a vision board posted in your office, room, car or locker that shows you what you want to accomplish? Consider this advertising to yourself. Coke and Pepsi are the two most famous soft drinks and that is largely due to the fact that they saturate the market and your head with advertising. You want to advertise to yourself on a daily basis with vision boards, photos of your next opponent, quotes or goals written on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker and by reading a little a lot from good books.

8. Your Time Is Now Your time is the present moment. 1984 Olympic gold medal winning Team USA Hockey Coach Herb Brooks said it best in the great movie; ‘Miracle’ when he said “Your time is now.” The time is now, the place is here. Your career is the sum of your today’s. The only factor that is the same amongst all baseball coaches in the world is that they have 86,000 seconds in a day to either spend or INVEST in the development of their potential. Maximize your time management and priority management skills and you will get the most out of your days.

9. Stop Counting Down The Days And Start Making Those Days Count World champions also know that you don’t count the days till the next fight, but make the days count. They set long term goals of where they want to be at the end of the year, but commit 100% to the days goal, to the here and now. They realize that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift that’s why we call it the present. They live for today and get the most out of today because they know their career and life will be the sum of their today’s.

10. What’s Important Now Right now today. What are you going to do today to get better? What is your goal for today? Do you see a pattern developing here? Through out each day there are going to be distractions, fish hooks that rip you out of the water while you are searching for your goals. When you get side tracked, get off the wrong exit on your way to work, realize that you must get back in the moment. That winning is an end result that takes care of itself if you win the moment, you win the moment by remembering What’s Important Now!

The  BONUS eleventh thing that world champions know that you don’t is the Opponent Is You. Your toughest opponent in life will be to master yourself. And once you become a master of the mental game, you give yourself the best chance to become a champion.


By Brian Cain

Now that I have your attention, lets talk about all the setbacks you have had, all the obstacles you have faced, all the adversity around you, the barriers, the breakdowns, failures and tremendous falls… doesn’t it just stink to think about how many times you have failed?

Failure is great, you want to fail, you need to fail, failing may be the best thing that ever happened to you!

Do you think I am crazy?

When was the last time you saw or watched a tremendous comeback victory? Surely it is great to watch a team come from nearly being beaten into the ground and then slowly they turn things in the other direction and eventually comes back and win! Could you have a comeback without failure?… NO

People that succeed without failure are not as satisfied, compared to those that overcome many barriers and setbacks and eventually become successful. If you disagree think about not drinking any fluids for a week straight, think about how dry your mouth would be, how much pain you may be in, and how completely thirsty you would be, when you finally get that drink of water it would be AMAZING. Now if you were on your 10th glass of water in one day, you might be asking for something else…

We are naturally born with the ability to keep trying and trying, but as we age we forget this ability and then suddenly we are far to intimidated to use it, think about a young baby trying to walk, how many times did that baby fail? Probably more then we can count, but did that baby ever say, “I am done, I quit, I will never be able to walk?” NO, every time the baby falls he/she gets right back up.

Here are a few different ways of viewing failures that may help change your perception and help you bounce back and get back on track!

A setback is a setup for a comeback!

Turn obstacles into stepping stones

Turn breakdowns into breakthroughs!!

Remember the story of the baby, next time you feel like quitting… see if you know who this next article is concerning?? He failed in business — age 22.
He ran for the legislature and lost — age 23.
He failed in business again — age 24.
He was elected to the legislature — age 25.
His sweetheart died — age 26.
He had a nervous breakdown — age 27.
He was defeated for Speaker — age 29.
He was defeated for Elector — age 31.
He was defeated for Congress — age 34.
He was elected to Congress — age 37.
He was defeated for Congress — age 39.
He was defeated for Senate — age 46.
He was defeated for Vice President — age 47.
He was defeated for Senate — age 49.
He was elected PRESIDENT — age 51.

Who was he???

That’s the record of Abraham Lincoln.