Head Coach – Matt Hooten
Coach Hooten earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Claremont McKenna College in 2004 and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from ASU in 2006. Before coming to Brophy in 2007, Coach Hooten taught sixth grade at Littleton Elementary in Avondale as a member of Teach For America, a nonprofit organization. Since coming to Brophy, he has taught in the social studies department and has coached at all three levels in the basketball program. After three years as an assistant at the freshmen and JV levels, Coach Hooten spent five years as Brophy’s head JV coach. In the spring of 2015 he became the head varsity coach. Coach Hooten and his wife, Katie, have two sons. During his life away from the court, Coach Hooten enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.
Assistant Coach – Mike Schwertley ‘99
Coach Schwertley received a degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona. He played basketball for the Arizona Wildcats for three years, including the 2001 Final Four team coached by Lute Olson. He also played one season of football. Coach Schwertley has coached at the high school and junior college level, and he joined the varsity coaching staff after two seasons as Brophy’s head JV coach. A few of Coach Schwertley’s favorite quotes: “Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine. “It’s not the will to win that matters, everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
Head Coach – John Burns
Coach Burns was born and raised in the Chicago area and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School in 1985. He earned a Bachelor of Science in history from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in political studies from Governors State University, and a Master of Arts in sport management from the United States Sports Academy. Coach Burns began his basketball coaching career at his alma mater, Joliet Catholic, coaching at all three levels from 1991 to 1997. He married his wife, Laurie, in 1997 and they moved to Wisconsin where he joined Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha as head varsity coach, coaching from 1998 to 2008. In 2004 he led his team to the Division II state title. John, Laurie, and their daughter, Holly, moved to Phoenix in 2008 when John joined Brophy’s faculty as a member of the social studies department. Since arriving at Brophy, he has coached at all three levels of Brophy’s basketball program.
Assistant Coach – Ivan Flores
Coach Flores earned a Bachelor in Education with a major in Mathematics from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. He also attended the University of Puerto Rico where he played basketball and was a member of their 2001 championship team. Before joining Brophy’s faculty in 2018, Coach Flores taught math and coached basketball at the high school level for 25 years including 16 at Colegio San Ignacio, a Jesuit school in Puerto Rico. Coach Flores has held head coaching positions for the Trinidad & Tobago National Team as well as both men’s and women’s professional league teams in Puerto Rico. In addition, he has served as an assistant coach for Puerto Rico’s National Team and the University of Puerto Rico Bayamon, a team that won 10 championships in consecutive years. Coach Flores has two daughters, Cristina and Gabriela, and enjoys spending time with his family.
Head Coach – Jerry Zander
Coach Zander earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of North Dakota in 1998 and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington in 2013. Before joining Brophy in 2018, he served as Assistant Principal at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, AZ. Coach Zander began his coaching career at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett, WA where he was the head varsity basketball coach for ten years. He and his wife, then moved to Tucson where Coach Zander worked at Salpointe Catholic as JV and Varsity head coach before returning to Archbishop Murphy as their Athletic Director. Coach Zander teaches in the math department at Brophy. When not working, Coach Zander enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Jenny and two sons, Jonathan and Nicholas.
Assistant Coach – Doug Cox
Coach Cox received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and his master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. He arrived at Brophy in 2004 and, in addition to being a fixture in the basketball program, has coached football and track. As part of the basketball program, Coach Cox has coached at all three levels, including nine years as the freshmen head coach. Off the court, Coach Cox enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and training for and competing in Spartan races.
Assistant Coach – Bob Hann
Coach Hann, a Wisconsin native, graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science in planning/economics and a master’s in management. He was a four-year starter for the basketball team at UW–Green Bay and has coaching experience at the high school and Division I level. This includes two years working under coaching legend Dick Bennett at UW-Green Bay. After coaching at Brophy for four years during the 1990s, Coach Hann returned to Brophy as an assistant freshman coach in 2015. He is married with two children and his oldest son graduated from Brophy in 2014. He has worked for IBM for over 20 years.