Shawn Kemmer HFC Copper Canyon HS Aztecs 2017

Story & Photos by Kevin Pakos for Arizona Sports Network Radio. Posted 8/17/17

Shawn Kemmer is the head football coach for the Copper Canyon Aztecs of the Tolleson Union High School District. The team plays in a tough 6A Southwest Conference. Last season was a learning year. They learned they wanted to have a different result in 2017. They had a difficult 2016 campaign in which the team went 3-7 and 0-5 in league.

I attended their scrimmage on 8/17/18 at Glendale high school, home of the Cardinals. The Aztecs rolled in on two busses and had both the varsity and JV squads on the field. They have a lot to get done and time is precious. It went well for the offense and the defense.

The Aztecs QB Chase Pope is a Junior, he started in 2016, did well and looked good on this night. Coach talked about him in the interview. We will spend more time on the players in another interview.

A little about Shawn Kemmer. He teaches. Served the USA as an Airborne Ranger. Taught and coached at Buckeye. Studied Business Psychology at University of Phoenix. He is from Hampton, Virginia where he attended Hampton High School. Currently he lives in Buckeye, Arizona.

When he is not teaching pyschology & sociology or coaching he is spending his spare time working at getting his students, boys and girls involved in learning and serving others. Football is a year around sport, has been for a long time. So he and his teams are involved in passing leagues, OTA's, camps, clinics and more. This summer the squad went to football camp in Flagstaff.

He and the team work weekly with the Glendale Feeding Hope Foodbank.

He is involved with FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has one of the largest groups that attend the FCA events each year.

On his staff their are two coaches that walked away from six figure incomes and moved over a thousand miles because they believe in what is going on at CC with this team.

He takes every opportunity to promote, exhort, challenge and present his students to the community. He has high standards for them. No surprise to anyone that they meet and exceed them in academics and athletics. When the kids work with Shawn, his coaches and the rest of the teachers and administrators everyone wins. They get better, get noticed and have opportunities that are a direct result of their participation at Copper Canyon.

Things that matter to him, faith, family, education. Football, for a high school student is another part of the education mix. A chance to apply what they are learning in the classroom on the field. Study preparation, collaboration. They become a family here, learn that faith, trust, effort helps them grow as individuals and to become a stronger team.

Listen to the interview, find out about the team and attend some of the games to see for yourself how amazing the students at the Canyon are. We will have more interviews with coaches and players during the 2017 season. Check back.

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