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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.

***Football Camp $10

For future Wolverine 8th graders

attending Tolleson Union High School.

Tuesday May 8th

Wednesday May 9th

Thursday May 10th

5:00-7:00 pm at TUHS/CEA Practice Fields

-Bring the Parental Permission Slip form signed and $10 cash, or money order made payable to Tolleson Football on the first night of camp on the CEA fields (Northwest part of campus)

Questions contact Head Freshman Coach John Alessi via email at



May 5th will be our all sports physical day at the Avondale Phoenix Children’s Clinic (1665 N Avondale Blvd, Avondale, AZ 85392) ($15-$20)


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Tolleson Football Summer 2018 Important Dates

Summer Important Dates for all T-Town Players:

$50 payment to receive t-shirt and shorts for summer. (THIS IS SEPARATE FROM $50 REGISTRATION FEE TO PLAY A SPORT AT TOLLESON)

Summer Strength and Speed Training starts May 29th we go Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-10:30 am all summer long.  Rest and Recovery week July 2nd and Return July 9th.



Passing at Sunrise Mountain HS dates June 11,13,18 and 20 starting at 5:30 pm ending at dark.

Address: 21200 N 83rd Ave, Peoria, AZ 85382


9th grade grade mandatory parent/player meeting July 26th 6:30 pm Old Main. Official practice starts July 30th



Questions contact Head Freshman Coach John Alessi via email at john.alessi@tuhsd.org


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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!

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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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