Meet the Falcon Coaching Staff
Jason Henslin - Head Football Coach
2017 was Coach Henslin's first season as the head coach at FHHS. He helped lead the team to a 6-4 regular season record, their first winning season since 2011. He credits the quick turn around on offense to his assistant coaches, Tyler Bode and Alex Cappellini. Instrumental to the program's success is his younger brother Jordan, the Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator, who brought a fierce competitive mentality to the Falcon Defense and the team as a whole.
Coach Henslin is a 2002 graduate of FHHS and was a part of the back-to-back State Championship baseball team under Coach Mike Briguglio. He was a captain on the football team and an All-Region performer both his junior and senior seasons while playing receiver and defensive back for the Falcons. After high school he went on to play football at both Pima and Scottsdale Community Colleges.
He started coaching in 2005 when his former high school coach, Jim Fairfield, hired him as the offensive coordinator for the Falcons JV football team, a position he held for two seasons. After taking an extended break from coaching to finish his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he returned to coaching in 2015, once again at FHHS. He coached wide receivers during the 2015 & 2016 seasons under Coaches Willie Dudley & John Flynn before being named head coach in May of 2017.
He resides in FH with his amazing wife Shanna, daughter Olivia (6), and sons Reed (4) Matthew (6months). His goal as a coach and intervention counselor at the high school is this, "I want to help students reach their maximum potential and to never settle for average. Whether they are in the classroom or on the field I want them to have fun and to have a goal in mind. Athletics in high school are fun, but I hope my players leave the program knowing that their coaches care about them and that we will always be here if they need us."
Jimmy Curtis - Defensive Coordinator
Coach Curtis grew up in Hillard, OH. This will be his 7th season coaching high school football, he spent the previous 6 seasons at Hillard Davidson High School in Ohio. He has coached QB's, RB's, and defensive backs as well as being the offensive coordinator. Most recently he was the Head Coach of the Freshman football team. Since joining the team Coach Curtis has brought a contagious energy and a passion for the game.
Danny Groebner - Offensive Coordinator
Coach Groebner grew up in Pinetop, AZ. He played football under Coach Paul Moro for 4 years earning 2 state championships. He was part of the only Blue Ridge Baseball State Championship. He walked on at Arizona State University, initially as a kicker, but upon arrival was switched to wide-receiver. He spent Last season coaching wide receivers and defensive backs here at FHHS. Coach Groebner has a great attention to detail and helps push the players to achieve their potential.
Rob Ripley - Head Strength Coach
Rob grew up playing any and every sport, including national tournaments for competitive paintball. He attended Gilbert Christian High School, lettering in basketball and baseball. His senior year of basketball, he started on an undefeated 32-0 team that won the 2A State Championship. He played several positions on the baseball team, starting at catcher as a senior. After high school he made the Arizona Christian University baseball team as a walk on. He played one season, and later graduated with a degree in Christian Ministries. He's currently pursuing his Master of Education Degree, and is a student teacher at FHHS.
Rob has been training in Crossfit Methodology for the past 4 years. He received his Crossfit Level 1 Certificate, and has been coaching for the past 2 years. He currently coaches and trains at Crossfit Chaparral. His favorite workout movements are the Snatch and the Muscle-Up.