New coach Nate Gill has Desert Vista football revved up this spring

Nate Gill hits Phoenix Desert Vista’s synthetic turf football field with a bounce in his step this spring day.

Even the regular commute off the 202 freeway for spring practice from Sierra Linda, where he’s finishing out the school year teaching, can’t keep the smile off his face.

He called taking the Desert Vista job in January, when it was offered to him, “A no brainer.”

He left Sierra Linda in better shape than any time in the school’s history, leading it to an 8-2 record, after going through 2020 without any football and going winless in 2019.

Now he faces a different challenge. The Thunder checks all of the boxes when it comes to amenities and getting kids to come out. But he’ll be the third head coach in three years.

And that’s not always easy getting kids to buy into a new personality, a new set of rules, expectations and Xs and Os. But so far so good.

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