Team Heat success off the court is paralleled by its success on the court. Many of our teams are well-recognized by their competitiveness in area leagues and tournaments. Our organization credits its court success because of its unique coaching methods. We combine the knowledge from different experienced coaches to assist each child in his or her early athletic development. Our coaches are continuously developing ways to further enhance our player’s abilities. We’ve also established ongoing training to further enhance the knowledge of our coaches. This process has assured that the coaches have the ongoing tools needed to teach each of our players the fundamentals of basketball. Players and parents will often see a number of coaches at some of their practices who would assist the head coach by teaching the kids their specialty such as shooting or defense.
Please note that we are an organization that is serious about basketball and will be committed as such. We understand that there will be different levels of commitment from each child. However, we will expect some commitment from each player in becoming better at basketball. We don’t expect your child to choose between basketball and other sports; especially at a young age. However, teams are divided based on talent and/or commitment. This means that if a child really wants to be a basketball player, this is the organization for him or her. On the other hand, if he or she just likes to play and hasn’t decided on a primary sport, that’s okay too. We would love to have them.
Coach Ricky Barnes:
Club Founder & President
Coach Barnes have been involved with youth for over 18 years. He develops, train, and motivate youth athletes to be the best they can be. He has won numerous championships as a player and a coach. Since the existence of Team Heat, Coach Barnes has led the organization to 3 National Championships, 5 State Championships and has had 5 State Runner-Ups. He believes that every kid can bring something to help the program.
He doesn't believe in the "get em next time" approach. He believes in "Winning Right Now"
Coach Tim Smith:
Timothy L. Smith was born and raised in Florida and a graduate of Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida. He is a member and Deacon of Second Missionary Baptist Church in Yuma, Arizona under the leadership of Pastor Alfred E. Jernigan. He is actively involved in his Church and with the Youth of his Church, as well as in the community. “I believe that with love and positive guidance, any Youth can succeed in life; that if they trust in God and put him first, they can make it through any obstacle that may come their way; that with guidance and reassurance of a helping hand, our Youth can face the current challenges which lies ahead of them.”
“I am one of the coaches assisting with the Yuma Heat Basketball Team. I believe that Basketball is like life. It’s not all about whether you win or lose, it’s about how you play the game. You play your best, show good sportsmanship, play and work hard, and have fun.
Coach Will Rosado:
William E Rosado born in Arecibo, P.R. and raised in Yonkers, NY graduated from Saunders Trade & Technical HS, (machinist), member of VICA (Vocational Industrial Club of America), in which he won NY state championship in machine shop and represented NY State in the national competition coming in 7 place out of 48 states competing. While attending HS William also won JV & Varsity state championships in soccer ASA member of the Blue Devils soccer team, William entered the US Army after 3yrs of working as a machinist in which he put in 15 years of service and left with an Honorable discharge from the Army.William continued with studies after the military and received his degree in Engineering Management technologies from Grantham University. He currently works for General Dynamics Land Systems as a test engineer at Yuma Proving Grounds.William coaches youth Soccer in the Yuma area and likes to see the youth involved in some kind of activities in where they are mentored and taught the principle of the game and how it could lead to very positive outcome in their future. I currently am assisting a group of championship coaches of Yuma Heat Basketball organization on their goals of producing youths into champions thru their basketball athletic program and mentoring.
Coach Mike Montiel:
Coach Mike Montiel has been involved with youth sports for over 7 years coaching basketball and football. He helps to develop, train, and motivate youth athletes of all ages to their full potential. He believes that every kid has potential to grow in anything they do as long as they are willing to work hard for it and put forth their best effort.
Coach Steve Carter:
Coach Carter has been involved in basketball at all levels for more than 25 years. His primarily involvement has been through refereeing basketball and has had the opportunity to referee college, high school and internationally. He has spent the last 10 years hosting camps for referees and recruiting referees for high school and college. He always has one primary goal for involvement in youth sports, which is to leave it in better condition than when he found it. That includes assisting and mentoring, players, coaches, referees and administration.
Coach Denmark Reid:
Denmark Reid has been apart of Team Heat Yuma since the beginning of Its existence. He is a former College and professional basketball player. Attended Arizona Western College and New Mexico State University. He enjoys coaching the youth and helping them reaching their full potential. However, he is a strong advocate of the youth understanding that basketball without education is a long shot!
Coach James M. McNeill:
Coach James is a retired United States Marine Corps Sergeant Major with over thirty years of service. He joined Team Heat in March 2015. Coach James is currently one of the Men’s Basketball Assistant Coaches at Arizona Western College in Yuma Arizona. Coach James coached basketball teams at various units during his military career. In 1978, he volunteered to coach the2nd Marine Division All Stars and finished second in the East Coast Regionals Championship (out of 13 teams). His team won the tournament the very next season. Coach James’ next big coaching job came when he coached the Hawaii Marines 1988-89, winning the Western Pacific Regionals in back to back seasons. As a result of Coach James’ outstanding coaching achievements, he was selected as an assistant men’s coach for the All Marine team in 1988 and the women’s head coach in 1989. In 2009, he started taking classes at Arizona Western College and received his Associate’s degree in General Studies in 2011. After receiving his Associate’s degree, Coach James continued his education and received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Management from Northern Arizona University in May2013. Coach James has also worked as a basketball and football official at the High School level. Coach James is married to Brenda and they have two daughters, Takisha and Nikea.
Coach Roderick Ford:
Born in Birmingham Alabama where I started my coaching career in football. My goal is to teach young men to develop patience and to work hard. I have been a youth and high school coach for 20 years coaching football and 7 years coaching basketball. I have been a part of three Arizona State High School Football Championships. I joined the Yuma Heat Organization in 2013. I enjoy teaching young men about life and completion. GOHEAT!
Coach Jeffery Kay:
Coach Kay was born and raised in Refugio, Texas, where he graduated from Refugio High School. During Coach Kay's high school career, he played four sports. He played four years on the varsity level in baseball, winning the regional championship his last two years. Coach Kay participated in varsity track for 4 years as a high jumper. He was invited to the Texas Relays his senior year at the state meet. Coach Kay's best jump was 6'8 inches. Coach Kay played football for two years as a tight end, but was told to stop playing to pursue a professional baseball career. Coach Kay played high school varsity basketball and he finished with a double/double in points and rebounds. He managed to average 20 points and 15 rebounds per games. He led his team to the state semifinal where they suffered their only loss. His varsity basketball team that year had a combine record of 61 wins and 4 losses. The team that Coach Kay played on has been the only team to reach the state tournament in basketball, in school history. Coach Kay won many awards has a prep high school player. He was elected as an all-state representative his senior year in basketball. He was an alternate for the south team in Texas for basketball, elected outstanding baseball and basketball his last two years and his senior year he was awarded outstanding athlete of the year. After his high school career, Coach Kay attended Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton Texas for one year where he played baseball. Coach Kay is a former professional baseball player for the Montreal Expos organization with the Lethbridge Expos in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada as well as the Corpus Christi Seagulls in Corpus Christi, TX. Coach Kay played a total of 3 years as a pitcher in the minors. He has been with Coca-Cola for over 37 years, and is currently the District Sales Manager at the Yuma Coca Cola branch. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2003. He has been involved in youth sports for over 26 years, coaching baseball and basketball. His involvement over those years has produced several championships teams in Little League baseball and youth basketball leagues in Texas and Arizona. In those 26 years, he has developed and coached several youth that are currently in professional baseball ranging from minor league to the major league. His philosophy is, "teach the kids to be team players, develop their skills, be competitive, work hard, and be smarter than your opponent".
Coach Karl Pope:
. Karl pope has been actively coaching youth sports for 8 years now. He attended Arizona Western college, Delaware University, and Concordia university St. Paul, MN). He believes the youth is where the future lies and wants to see every young man or woman succeed in the realm of sports and life. He's here to help motivate and give children the opportunity to reach their full potential as a person and an athlete. This is his first year with the Heat Organization and thanks everyone for accepting him with open arms. "Go Heat"