Girls varsity basketball team
[Billy Hardiman/Special to Tribune]

A series of changes have been approved for athletic positions at Desert Vista High School, including new coaches for the varsity baseball and girls varsity basketball teams.

In addition to Tommy Eubanks being named the new assistant principal for athletics at Desert Vista, the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board last week approved Cody Brassfield as the Thunder’s new baseball coach and Raymond Patche II as the girls basketball coach.

Eubanks had been athletic director the last five years at Chaparral High School after serving in athletic positions at two Glendale schools. He was a physical education teacher and athletic director at Hillcrest Middle School varsity baseball coach at Mountain Ridge High, where he was voted the Northeast Valley Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010.

Eubanks also has coached boys golf, basketball and cross country in the Deer Valley Unified School District and was on the baseball coaching staff at Deer Valley High when it won the 5A Division 2 State Championship in 2006.

District spokeswoman Jennifer Liewer said Eubanks “comes from a family of educators, which include his grandparents, his parents as well as his sister and his brother-in-law.”

He played baseball on scholarships at both Central Arizona Community College and McNeese State University.

Brassfield has been teaching and coaching baseball at Desert Vista for nine years.

He played baseball at Red Mountain High in Mesa in the mid-1990s and later at Phoenix Community College and Kansas Wesleyan University. He holds a master’s degree in human performance with an emphasis on coaching.

After graduating college, Brassifled spent three years as an athletic director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. He also taught physical education at Eduprize Charter School in Gilbert.

During his time at Eduprize, he became a volunteer coach at Desert Vista, assisting at all levels of its program.

In 2008, he was hired as a science teacher at Desert Vista and became the head freshman coach, then became the varsity hitting and outfielder’s coach in 2014.  

He also has volunteered with Little League, Pony League and other camps and clinics to help the local baseball players improve.

“He has been a part of several successful seasons at Desert Vista in the last 12 years and plans on continuing the outstanding tradition and culture that surrounds the baseball program,” Liewer said, calling him “passionate about the game of baseball and helping young athletes become successful adults.”

Brassfield said he is “committed to guiding my players to the next level through with a focus on the core values of gratitude, responsibility, integrity, inspiration, toughness and trust.”

Patche graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in exercise and sports science and was a volunteer coach for the Lady Devils’  basketball program, where he provided scouting reports and ran scout teams.

After graduating from ASU, he became a personal trainer, working with high school and collegiate athletes throughout the Valley.

“His focus is on the development of skills and understanding of the game,” Liewer said.

Patche recently has been assistant boys basketball coach in the Scottsdale Unified School District.

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