THE CENTER STAFF
Tom Carle – General Manager
Tom has been in Tucson for over 50 years, and has built a career- and a life – managing sports events, leagues, and facilities. He also – and don’t hold this against him! – is a long-time AIA basketball/volleyball referee and baseball/softball umpire. Chances are if you have been involved in youth sports in Tucson in the last 45 years, you have come across Tom. His job is to keep the Center running like clockwork. When you visit the Center, say hello to Tom, and should you need anything, he will take care of it for you.
Maria Moreno – Finance Manager
Maria is a native of the southwest and almost a native Tucsonan. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business, Maria worked in the financial services industry for 13 years. Her entrepreneurial spirit, lead her to develop a print and design business, NUVO Print & Design, which offered print solutions to individuals and small businesses. Additionally, Maria has extensive experience as a bookkeeper and tax preparation specialist. Her skills and experience are a welcome addition to the administration of the Center.
Mikkel Derfus – Admin Coordinator
Mikkel has been working with Sporting Chance Center for over two years! Due to her hard work and dedication, Mikkel was quickly promoted here at The Center and continues to show that there is no task too big for her to complete. She has a great personality which makes it easy for her to get along with not only our staff, but our customers as well. Mikkel is currently studying at Pima Community College and plans on going into law enforcement in the near future! We are incredibly lucky to have her on our staff.
Julian Espinoza – Maintenance Coordinator
Julian has been working with Sporting Chance Center for over 2 years! He just graduated from Flowing Wells High School and will be attending Pima Community College for two years before transferring to Northern Arizona University to study Dental Hygiene. Julian’s consistent accountability is what makes him so good at his job. There isn’t a time when he’s not smiling and making those around him laugh. He is a valued member of our team here at Sporting Chance Center.
Israel Gutierrez – Facility Coordinator
Israel has been working with Sporting Chance Center for over four years! He is currently a student at Pima Community College and in the future, Israel hopes to open his own business. What makes him such a good employee/coworker is his caring personality and ability to motivate those around him to work just as hard as he does. We are very happy to have Israel on our staff.
Talon Fish – Facility Coordinator
Talon has been working with Sporting Chance Center for over 2 years! He just graduated from Flowing Wells High School and plans on attending Pima Community College. Ever since his first day, Talon has nonstop shown us that he is willing to take on anything that is thrown at him while also being a great friend to everyone on our staff. We thank Talon for all of the work he does here. We wouldn’t be the same without him.
Lydia Griffith – Cafe Coordinator
Lydia has been working with Sporting Chance Center for almost a year now! She is currently attending Pima Community College. Having played basketball almost her whole life, she knows a lot of the community here at Sporting Chance Center, and everyone who has met Lydia can tell you she is the most genuine and kind person you will ever meet.