Dan Hinds admittedly had a rough first year as head coach.
That first year for most takes some adjusting as everyone is now looking to you for answers.
One of the saving graces? The Miller boys.
Brent was a senior and Zach was a junior in 2002 when Hinds took over the Desert Vista program. They had some success on the field where their brotherhood connection spilled over.
Zach, preparing this week to play in the Super Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks, and Brent were tough 1-2 combination until an injury to the starting quarterback.
Brent took over the role and Hinds saw firsthand how the relationship the brother’s had translated onto the football field.
“I asked Brent to go in and one of the first plays broke down so he had to scramble,” Hinds remembered of the 63-13 win over Mountain Pointe. “Zach adjusted his route, broke up field and Brent hit him in stride. It just showed how much they connected with each other.”
Zach is the first player from the Ahwatukee schools to play in the Super Bowl and it can only help the Thunder program.
“He has always represented Desert Vista well and that only continues this weekend,” Hinds said. “He had high goals from the start. College All-American, NFL, playing in a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl. He is done just about everything.
“Our kids can see what he has accomplished and use it as motivation.”
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