Meet the New Athletic Director: Jeremy Basham

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At Skyline Gila River, we believe great teachers are the foundation of a strong education. The success of our students begins with giving our teachers the professional development, empowerment and resources they need to be highly effective.

As we continue with the new school year, we want to introduce you to a new member of the Skyline Gila River family. Today: meet Jeremy Basham.

Read on to learn about Jeremy — his background, what he enjoys most about being a teacher and coach, and how he inspires his students and athletes.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background. 

I grew up outside of Louisville, KY. I’ve been in some sort of educational setting (junior high, High school, and collegiate settings) for over 16 years.

As a coach, what attracted you to Gila River.

I wanted the opportunity to work with Vaughn Flannigan and his staff. Gila River is a unique opportunity to work with a great student population. Having previously worked under the Skyline umbrella; I wanted to line my goals with a great student driven organization they have offered for almost 20 years.

Sports builds character, teamwork, and a work ethic.

What do you find most rewarding about being a teacher/coach.

The most rewarding thing about being a coach/teacher is making an indelible imprint on students lives. My personal mission statement: To help build successful and meaningful lives. If I can make one persons day better each day…man that’s a great life!! When former students reach out and thank me it’s the most rewarding feeling ever that is truly priceless.

Who (or what) inspired you to become a teacher/coach.

My father and brothers are my biggest inspiration on wanting to coach and teach. I am very blessed to have a dad that showed me so many characteristics that I carry today. Also, I am fortunate to have all older brothers. I was able to learn great aspects from them that I have wanted to pass on to others in sports and in life. However, my number one drive and motivation to coach would be my sister Rhonda, who passed away at a young age and was not able to participate is sports. When I see the kids out there I know she’s looking down with a big smile on her face very proud.

What are you most looking forward to this school year.

Student growth in all aspects is what I am looking forward to the most this year. I love that sports is used as a tool to grow in life and get students ready for the challenges that lie ahead as an adult. Sports builds character, teamwork, and a work ethic. I’m looking forward to seeing this year as a great growth season here at Gila River.

How do you inspire the students around you.

I love to inspire the students to try new avenues and different sports. An active student is one that wants to take on new challenges and be ready for all walks of life. I want to be that vehicle for the Skyline Gila River Students!

Thank you, Jeremy! We’re excited to have you on the Gila River team and we’re looking forward to a great school year!