Alex Zendejas Sr.
Alex Zendejas Sr. was born in rural town in Michoacan Mexico. When he was about 2 years old, he and his family moved to the U.S. In his early years, Coach Zendejas Sr. was fascinated with sports and showed much potential as a kicker. While attending Don Lugo High School, in Chino California, he became a prospect for many Division 1 schools across the nation.
In spite of his possible recruitment to play college football, Coach Zendejas Sr. decided to embark in a different journey. After moving to Arizona and attending Scottsdale Community College, he opened his own automotive detail shop; which still operates since 1990. His passion for football didn’t end here. Little did he know that after marrying his wife Patricia Zendejas his coaching career would begin with his 2 sons Alex Jr. and Diego.
In 2003, he began coaching at Ironwood High School soon after his son Alex Jr. became the team’s kicker. His son followed his footsteps in high school and managed to win the All-State Kicker award 2 years in a row. This is where AZ Kicking & Training was born. Right after his son accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Arizona, Coach Zendejas Sr. began coaching at Sunrise Mountain High School (2007-2009). Here, he helped Ryan Hawkins earn the All-State Kicker award and earn a scholarship to Northern Arizona University. He also helped the team’s punter, Eric Keena, earn a scholarship to North Texas.
Coach Zendejas Sr. knew he was on to something. He enjoyed training and helping kids pursue their dreams. He has coached at Mesa Community College, Maintain Point High School, and is now currently coaching at Brophy College Preparatory. Regardless of where he has coached, Coach Zendejas Sr. has helped his students obtain scholarships to Division 1 & 2 Colleges.
Other Previous Students:
- Ryan Sheehan – Colorado Mesa University
- Ben Abercrombie – West Point Academy (Army)
- John Abercrombie – West Point Academy (Army)
- Becca Longo – Adam State University (first female to receive a football scholarship)
- Jackson Garcia – University of San Diego
Alex Zendejas Jr.
Alex Zendejas Jr. was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. As a young boy, Coach Zendejas Jr. showed a great interest in sports. He enjoyed the competitiveness and discipline athletics had to offer. At a young age he demonstrated his potential as a kicker, however, at the time, soccer was his favorite sport. It wasn’t until high school that Coach Zendejas Jr. decided to follow his father’s footsteps. When attending Ironwood High School he tried out for the football team and immediately became the team’s new kicker.
Coach Zendejas Jr. still holds Ironwood High School’s record for most field goals made over 50 yards (13) and the record for the longest field goal made (59 yards). He received the All-State Kicker award 2 years in a row, first in 2006 and then in 2007. Because of his outstanding performance in high school, Coach Zendejas Jr. was able to obtain a full-ride scholarship to play at the University of Arizona.
During his time at the University of Arizona, he obtained experience as a kicker, punter, and kickoff specialist. Playing alongside QB Nick Foles and TE Rob Gronkowski , Coach Zendejas Jr. was able to score 31 out 40 FG attempts as a 3 year starter. His great performance gave him the nomination to a Lou Groza award in 2010 and 2011. Shortly after graduation, Coach Zendejas Jr. began coaching high school students while playing for the Arizona Rattlers.
In 2016, the AZ Kicking & Training facility was finally opened. He decided to depart the Arizona Rattlers, after 2 seasons, to fully commit to the training facility. Through the gym, Coach Zendejas Jr. has been able to work with many kids, most of them have been given the opportunity to play at Division 1 & 2 colleges.
- Kevin Ryan – Idaho State University
- Christian Zendejas – Arizona State University
- Daniel Obarski University of Central Florida
- Robert Liss – Colorado State University
- Carson Zilmer – New Mexico State University
- Austin Casillas – Clark Atlanta University
- Gabriel Ballinas – Albany State University
- Nathan Taylor – Colorado State University – Pueblo
- Austin Carver – Montana State University
- Fabian Rangel – Florida Tech