Mountain Pointe defensive coordinator Conrad Hamilton informed Sports360AZ Friday morning he has accepted the head coaching position at Desert Mountain High School.
Hamilton was a defensive coordinator at Chaparral under Charlie Ragle and Dave Huffine before taking over the head coaching postion for two seasons in 2014 and 2015. He then joined ASU’s coaching staff as a senior defensive analyst under Todd Graham. He returned to Chaparral as the defensive coordinator for the 2017 season and then made his way to Mountain Pointe for the 2018 season.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to build a good program with a vested interest serving the community that I live in,” Hamilton said of Desert Mountain. “I think they have a lot of potential and the sky is the limit, so I’m ready.”
Hamilton cited current Desert Mountain alums in the NFL like Kyle Allen and Tyeler Davison (Mark Andrews is also a rookie tight end with the Ravens) as the type of talent that can come through the program, and he hopes to get the most out of them. Lessons he learned from Graham at ASU and Rich Wellbrock at Mountain Pointe helped give him perspective to do just that moving forward.
“(Hamilton’s season at ASU) was my biggest year of growth in my profession, being under Coach Todd Graham and that culture he had established over there,” Hamilton said. “Some of the things I learned from him from that standpoint were monumental for me as a football coach in the future.
“Working and coming to Mountain Pointe and Coach Wellbrock was great. Working with the Awhatukee and Mountain Pointe community was great. It’s going to be tough to leave these kids because there are some talented young men for sure.”
Stepping away from head coaching gave Hamilton “time to formulate his plan for winning,” and he is excited again to lead a program.
“Ultimately, I wanted to influence a larger group of young men and put together my philosphy and culture and get to work on doing some things at Desert Mountain.”