JinHee Huff, Head Varsity Coach
Coach JinHee Huff grew up in Parkland, WA, after six months of living in her birth place, Midwest City, OK, and four and a half years of living on an Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan. When JinHee and her family moved to the states her parents quickly enrolled her is various activities and sports like dance, piano lessons, Girl Scouts, soccer, and baseball, but out of all of those activities only one thing stuck; baseball and eventually softball. JinHee played soccer just her freshmen year at Washington High School, but once the spring started, her interest in softball blossomed when the school transitioned from slow-pitch to fast pitch, and her love quickly became her passion, and she dedicated herself to being a full-time catcher for the Washington Patriots and for various club softball programs on a year-round basis. She was grateful to be honored for her academic and athletic performances during high school, as she was named to her school’s honor roll each year, and she received MVP awards on her team and in her high school region. After high school JinHee attended Saint Martin’s College (now University), on an academic and athletic scholarship to play for the Saints; however, due to a broken femur her collegiate softball career ended at the beginning of her senior season. She was named team captain as a sophomore and junior, and received team and conference awards for her offensive accomplishments. In 2001, Coach Huff made the move to Arizona; she received a Master’s in Education in 2002, and joined the faculty at Bourgade Catholic in 2003; she taught in the English department for 9 years, and in 2012 she completed her Masters of Science in Community Counseling and transitioned from teaching to counseling that fall. Coach Huff started her softball coaching career as the BCHS varsity assistant in 2005. Coach Huff took over the reigns as the Head Coach in 2009. Career highlights include the following: 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010-2011, and 2015-2016 Division Champions, capturing the 2012 Division III State Championship, and recognition as the AIA 2A West Coach of the year in 2008, the 2A Metro Coach of the year in 2010, the 2A Metro 1 Region Coach of the Year in 2011, the Division III and Section II Coach of the Year in 2012, the Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2012, and the Division III Coach of year in 2015-2016. JinHee married her best friend, Nathan, in 2008, and became mama to her sweet angel, Lily, in 2014. She has a B.A. in English from Saint Martin’ College and a M. Ed and a M.S.C. in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She is currently on the faculty of BCHS as the freshman/sophomore counselor.
Randy Tiano, Assistant Varsity Coach
Randy has been a long time member of the BCHS community as the softball asst. coach, but before he was a coach, he was a proud parent of four-year varsity softball player, 2nd baseman, Tori Tiano (’11). Randy is a Phoenix native; he attended Cortez High School where he was a three-year football player, and a three-year, all-state swimmer. Randy was an active softball player (slow pitch men’s softball) after high school for 25 years, but he put off his softball playing ever since his daughter decided to pick up a bat; he became her mentor, coach, and number one fan. Randy has worked, 20 years, for a local small business in the paint sundry industry. Randy is a proud Golden Eagle and absolutely loves this sport, and he dedicates all of his spare time to our program. Not only is he the asst. coach, where he specializes in developing our outfielders’ skills, he has become our program innovator and handy man. He collaborated with other professionals to build and repair a lot of our program equipment; most recently, he refurbished old aluminum poles and fabricated a double batting cage in our hitting facility. He is married to his incredibly supportive wife, Mary, who is also an avid BCHS softball supporter! Career highlights include the following: 2010-2011 and 2015-2016 Division Champions, capturing the 2012 Division III State Championship, the Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2012.
Kaylie Morgan, Head JV Coach
Coach Kaylie Morgan grew up in Glendale, Arizona. She attended Arrowhead Elementary and Highland Lakes Middle School, participating in school and youth sports such as volleyball, basketball, dance, and gymnastics. Her real love was softball; she played club for several years, including two years at 18U Gold level. Kaylie also attended Deer Valley High School where she received accolades for academics and softball. Kaylie returns for her 2nd year as Bourgade Catholic’s JV head coach. She has been interested in coaching since her playing days. She has coached 5th and 6th grade at St. Thomas the Apostle for two years, in AGS youth league, as well as experience in private instruction. Coach Kaylie lives in Tempe and attends the downtown ASU campus, where she is a third year nursing student. She is excited about the upcoming season and contributing to the success of Bourgade Catholic High School Athletics.
Bill Morgan, Assistant JV Coach
Coach Bill Morgan is a Phoenix native and graduate of Moon Valley High School, Class of 1986. Bill graduated from Arizona State University in 1991 with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He began coaching baseball while still in college and has coached rec and club softball for over 10 years, from t-ball to 18U Gold. Coach Bill also returns for his 2nd year as one of Bourgade Catholic’s JV assistants. Coach Bill resides in Glendale and has two children, Kaylie (see above) and Rachel (14). He currently works from his home office as Director of Product Development for Honeybee Robotics in Longmont, Colorado. He loves teaching softball fundamentals and life lessons to the girls and his favorite time of day is when he is on the field.
Caty Tanaka, Assistant JV Coach
Coach Tanaka grew up in Yuma, AZ, and played Varsity softball all four years as a Shamrock for Yuma Catholic High School. After graduating, she attended Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, receiving a BA in Theology and Religious Education. Upon graduating, she moved to Clark, Wyoming and worked at an all-girls at-risk youth ranch for a year when she decided to pursue a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Moving back to Ohio and graduating from FUS once again, she worked as a counselor with juvenile delinquents at the Jefferson County Detention Center. Coach Tanaka has three cute little nieces and wanted to move closer to home and was blessed to be hired as the Theology teacher at BCHS. This is her first year coaching softball, and she is so blessed and excited to be a part of a solid softball program under Coach Huff and Coach Morgan.
Carrie Nelson '06, Assistant JV Coach
Carrie Nelson (Heinley-06') is a first time assistant coach for the Golden Eagles JV Softball team, but she is not new to the program. She played softball for BCHS for 4 years and was one of Coach Huff's first players. While at BCHS, she also participated in cheer, soccer and volleyball and was the student body President her senior year. After high school, Carrie attended Northern Arizona University where she studied Physical Education and Health. She began working at BCHS in 2012, where she now teaches girls P.E., strength training and dance. During the fall and winter seasons, Carrie is the head Varsity cheer coach and has been for the past five years. This year is also her first year serving as co-moderator of Student Council. Carrie has a lot of Golden Eagle pride and comes from a long line of BCHS Alumni including her mom, Carol (73’), brothers, Phil (08’) and Blake (11’) and sister, Marissa (16’). Carrie is married to Taylor Nelson, who is also a PE teacher, and he is the head hockey coach at Brophy College Prep.