Coaching Staff

Head Varsity Coach

Mike Puccio

greenmountainbasketball@gmail.com

Coach Puccio is entering his forth season as the head coach at Green Mountain.  Prior to the Rams, Puccio was the head coach at Standley Lake for nine seasons.  Puccio has coached under former state champion Rudy Martin at Green Mountain High School as well as under John Anderson at Golden High School where he was a part of their 2006 Jeffco league championship.  For  9 summers, Puccio coached for the Colorado Chaos Basketball Club where he has helped 82 players to go on to play college basketball including 32 at the division 1 level.

As a player, Puccio played at Colorado State University at Pueblo for two seasons under coach Joe Folda.  Prior to Pueblo he played for two seasons at Northeastern Junior College under Junior College Hall of Fame coach Lowell Roumph.  Following his college career, Puccio played two seasons of semi-professional basketball with the Colorado Crossover of the International Basketball League and 7 seasons with the Colorado Kings of the American Basketball Association.

Puccio currently teaches Physical Education at Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette and has a masters degree in Human Performance and Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching from Adams State University.  

Varsity Assistant Coach

Alex Miller

Coach Miller is entering his forth season at Green Mountain.  Prior to the Rams, Miller coached for eight years at Standley Lake as well as two summers with the Colorado Chaos Basketball Club.

As a player, Miller played high school basketball under the defensive mind of John Anderson at Golden High school where he was named first team all state and 4A Jeffco player of the year.  Following a stellar high school career, Miller was recruited by Metro State College where he played one season under coach Derrick Clark.

Junior Varsity Coach

Jordan Deignan

Coach Deignan is entering his forth season as the head JV coach at Green Mountain.  Prior to coaching for the Rams, Deignan was the head JV coach at Evergreen High  School for five seasons where he compiled a 73-26 record.  At Evergreen he coached under long time Jeffco legend Scott Haebe, and he also coached at the club level for four years.

As a player, Deignan is a Green Mountain alumni playing from 2004-2008 under former state champion Rudy Martin.  Coach Deignan was a a part of the 2008 league championship team, the most recent in school history, and garnered all conference honorable mention his senior year. 
Coach Deignan currently teaches Geography and Government at Green Mountain High School and has a masters degree in Secondary Education.  He is pursuing his second masters degree in History and lives in Arvada with his fiancee Sarah.

 Level III Coach

Kyle Harris

Coach Harris is entering his fourth season at Green Mountain as an assistant and his second season as the head level III coach.  Prior to coaching for the Rams, Harris was a program assistant for Standley Lake for nine years under Mike Puccio where he served rolls as head 8th grade coach, head level III coach and varsity assistant.

Coach Harris is currently taking classes at Metro State College as he pursues a degree in exercise science health promotion and recreation and plans to become a physical education teacher.

Program Assistants

Alex Erickson

Coach Erickson is going into his seventh year as a coach at Green Mountain High School.  Prior to Puccio, Erickson coached under Derek Van Tassle for three seasons and also has coaching experience with B&B Basketball Academy.

A 2014 graduate of Green Mountain, Alex played  under Coach Van Tasseell where they won a playoff game during his senior year campaign
Coach Erickson is currently a substitute teacher for Jefferson County and graduated from Metro State University with a bachelor’s degree in History.
Ryan Strandberg

Managers

Katie Bense

Ava Souk

Strength Coach

Barron Underwood

Coach Underwood is entering his second season assisting with Green Mountain.  This is Barron’s first opportunity working within a program construct after mainly working with local athletes individually.  

Underwood attended Academy High School in Westminster and was a Varsity Starter in Basketball, All-Conference Baseball Player, and first team All-State for Football. Following short playing stints with Howard University and Colorado State University’s Football teams, Underwood finished his Degree at CSU with Bachelors of Science in Human Development with a Pre-Health Concentration.  

Underwood currently works as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor facilitating his services under his company “B-Fit”.  You can find him in the Denver area at Dynamic and Carbon Fitness. 

Athletic Trainer

Catherine Ortiz

Catherine is entering her first season with the Green Mountain Rams. Prior to the Rams, Catherine worked with student-athletes at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO for about 2 and a half years. She started as an athletic trainer coordinator, eventually becoming the head athletic trainer. 

Originally from New York, Ortiz attended Ithaca College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Catherine then received her Masters Degree in exercise physiology at San Diego State University where she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer and worked with many different sports programs. 

Catherine is passionate in helping others get back to their full potential of physical function to live their highest quality of life and to help them maintain their peak physical fitness.  Ortiz enjoys the Colorado outdoor lifestyle of hiking, cycling, skiing and camping.