Some career highlights:
- 425+ career wins
- 20+ State Playoff Appearances
- 6 League Championships
- 1 CIF Section Championship
- 2 State 'Sweet 16' Appearances
- 1 State ‘Elite 8’ Appearance
- 2 State ‘Final 4’ Appearances
- Inducted into the Del Oro Hall of Fame. (DO1998team)
Coach Joe Hites enters his eighth year at the helm of the Vista Ridge Boys Basketball Program. A 30+ year veteran coach, Joe has led high school programs in CA, CO, and OH.
Joe has directed and worked as a clinic speaker at over 140 basketball camps in the past 30+ years. He also developed and directs the JUNIOR WOLVES DEVELOPMENTAL YOUTH BASKETBALL ACADEMY for students in grades 3-8 and the POWER ZONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BASKETBALL PROGRAM. Their purpose is to provide organized, instructional and competitive youth basketball programs that introduce young players in the area to the Vista Ridge System and Philosophy - and to help prepare youngsters for future success in both basketball and life.
Joe grew up in Port Orchard Washington and earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from California State University, Sacramento. He also holds master's degrees in Sports Psychology and in School Administration.
Coach Hites' hobbies include spending time with his family, fishing and exercise. Off the court and out of the classroom, Joe and his wife Karole celebrated their 24th anniversary in December. Mrs. Hites is an elementary school teacher at Pinon Valley Elem. Joe and Karole have two children, Josh (21) and Lauryn (17).
Varsity Asst. / JV Coach
Coach Cassisy begins his fifth season as our head JV coach and now varsity assistant. Coach Cassidy never actually played for Coach Hites in high school, but grew up in the CM 'Little Indian' Developmental Basketball Program where he was actually coached by VR coach Storm Allen.
A 2012 CMHS graduate, Connor was a 4 sport letterman After high school, he attended Font Bonne U. in St. Louis, where he played one year of basketball. Currently, Coach Cassidy works with ARC of the Pikes Peak Region - providing services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Connor's goals include coaching at Vista Ridge H.S. for many years to come, and completing his undergrad and teaching degrees in hopes of ultimately becoming a Special Education teacher at VR.
Coach Quimby is entering his fourth year in the program as an assistant at the sub varsity levels. Cale played for Coach Hites from 2002-2004 at Cheyenne Mtn. H.S. He is currently working for Cordera Homes. Cale’s dedication and motivation are contagious!
Coach Glenn took over our C-Team last season after serving 4 years as a volunteer coach with our Winter Developmental Program. In those 4 years he proved his loyalty and dedication to Vista Ridge Basketball and is a great role model for our young players.
Josh graduated from Palmer HS, and earned a degree in Telecommunication Electronics from Colorado Technical University. He is currently a Cloud Engineer for DoD/MDA He enjoys Duke basketball, college/pro football, playing golf and sand volleyball. His goals are to continue coaching boys basketball at VRHS, hopefully someday at the varsity level.
Josh and his wife Bobbi have four children: Brandon-16, Taylor-14, Ian-13, Remington-12
Assistant Coach (Statistics) / Developmental Program Coordinator
Coach Archuleta enters his sixth season on our staff as an assistant coach in charge of statistics and video breakdown and as a co-director of our Power Zone Elementary School Basketball Program. An Air Academy and CSU graduate and record setting, All-State football player for the Kadets, Gary is in charge of statistics and reporting to the press. Few high school programs have a person working behind the scenes who is as dedicated and driven as Coach Archuleta. Gary is a professional speaker who also works with people with disabilities. He and his wife Karen live in Colorado Springs.