Scottsdale Desert Mountain’s new head football coach won’t be in Arizona until June. But the players are excited about the start of spring ball at the end of this month.
That’s because Kurt Warner will run the offense.
Yes, that Kurt Warner, the former NFL Most Valuable Player and the quarterback who led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance.
New head coach Mike Morrissey, 32, has made Warner his offensive coordinator, with former Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep coach Gary Gregory the defensive coordinator.
“Steve Black and Blair Tushaus will also be a big part of our offensive coaching staff,” said Morrissey, who is finishing the school year at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Prairie, where he coached the last four seasons. “Defensively, Coach Tushaus will also be coaching the DL. We finalized our coaching staff last week. A few other coaches are coming from out of state once they finish their current positions like I am.”
Warner has been tied to the Desert Mountain program since his son, Kade, began playing his freshman year. Kade will be a junior receiver/linebacker.
Now, he is learning a new offense being installed by Warner.
“It’s crazy how much he’s helped me, from installing a new offense this year to teaching me how to read a defense and give us the best chance to succeed,” Nuessle said. “It just gets me excited to see how much more I can learn with two more years left. I’m just soaking up everything he teaches me.”
The offense won’t be centered on just Kade Warner catching passes from an improved Nuessle, who will get a lot of attention in May from college coaches coming through because of the improvements he has made since the end of last season.
Desert Mountain has a big, physical, athletic receiver moving in from Apple Valley High in Minnesota.
Donovan Dalton, 6-3, 190, a current sophomore, should be another good target for Nuessle to go with 6-2, 200-pound Kade Warner, who projects as an H-back in college.
“I really think our offense will be tough to match up with all of the playmakers we have this year,” Nuessle said.