Meet the Athletic Director

Athletic Director

Adam Larsen

I want to welcome to the Boulder Creek family. As athletic director, I’m committed to your success as an athlete and the success of all our teams. Boulder Creek is an outstanding school with great coaches, outstanding facilities, however, the thing that sets Boulder Creek apart and makes it unique is you. You represent the best we have to offer. I encourage you to work hard and put in the effort to be a champion. Championship teams are made up of people like you that exemplify hard work, integrity, grit, and sportsmanship. If there is anything I can do to improve your experience, please let me know.

Mr. Larsen’s Bio

As the athletic director it’s my Adam Larsen is an Arizona native. He was raised in Winslow, Arizona where he earned state and national honors for athletics and academics during his high school career including All-American honors in football and winning the State Championship in Wrestling. He was also recognized by the National Football Foundation and the Coaches Hall of Fame as a Scholar Athlete after earning a 4.0gpa.

Mr. Larsen attended Brigham Young University where he played football under Lavell Edwards and Norm Chow and was later hired as the executive director of the Student Leadership Seminar, a leadership training program that serviced 1500 students at BYU. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Technology Education in 2003, Mr. Larsen returned to Winslow where he taught media productions and coached football, wrestling and track. Mr. Larsen moved to Snowflake High School in 2007 and then to Deer Valley High School in 2010.

Mr. Larsen believes that education is extremely important to success. He earned a Master’s Degree from Ball State University in Physical Education and a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership where he graduated with honors. As he worked on improving himself academically, he also earned recognition by the National Strength Coaches Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at NAU.

In 2017 Mr. Larsen joined Boulder Creek High School as a teacher and worked with the administration team to begin outreach programs with the elementary schools in the Anthem area. In 2018 Mr. Larsen joined the administrative team as Dean of Students.

Mr. Larsen was named Athletic Director in the spring of 2019 and looks forward to leading the athletic department in its goal of becoming the best school in Arizona for high school athletics.

 

 

Assistant Principal Overseeing Athletics

Jay Kopas

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We would like to welcome you to Boulder Creek High School. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities available to you during your time here. This will be a very fast and exciting time for you as you begin your quest towards independence and adulthood.
I have been a part of the Anthem community and Boulder Creek since their conception. My family was one of the “first families” of Anthem, and I was the original Golf coach who was very fortunate to have an excellent group of student/athletes who won our school’s first State Championship, in our 3rd year as a school. I come from a family of educators with both my parents and my wife’s in education, as well as my wife being a teacher, and a Librarian in this district. I grew up in the Boston area and finally settled down here at Arizona State University and graduated with a BA in Education. After that, I attended the University of Southern California for my Masters in Athletic Administration. I grew up in a bilingual household and am bilingual. I have been a head coach at the high school level for boys and girls basketball, baseball, track and field, and golf. I have been fortunate to win several State Championships in Golf and Track and Field. I have been a Physical Education, Health, American Sign Language, World History, and American History teacher, and an Athletic Director at three other high schools for over 28 years.
Three of my four sons graduated from Boulder Creek, the first graduated from Goldwater in the IB Program. My son’s played tennis, volleyball, football, soccer, baseball, and track and field. All of my sons went to college, and as of now three of them have graduated, one is pursuing his Doctorate in Engineering.
As an Athletic Director, I emphasize the term Student/Athlete, because we are students first and foremost! Athletics are important in teaching discipline, responsibility, and social skills, but it is a privilege to be an athlete, being a student must be the main focus.
I am very excited to be the Athletic Director here at a school and community that I have been a part of from the beginning. Please let me know how we can work together to make Boulder Creek one of the top High Schools in Arizona, and the country!