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About our Coaches

Becoming a Youth Coach

In order to coach or volunteer in any of our programs you must pass a background check. Once you have selected the apply button please follow the instructions through to the "Thank You Screen". We look forward to another great year and appreciate your support. Once you have completed the background you are NOT finished with completing the process to become a fully certified Coach. Please follow these steps to complete the process. Email in a head shot photo of yourself and your AYF Smarter Coaching Certification ( or your USA Football Youth Tackle Certification ( to You must also have an account with NYS which can be done by going to if you don't already have an account. Thank you.

9u Jr. Trojans Head Coach

Derrick Holzer - Born in Glendora, CA on June 21, 1984. Moved to Pahrump in 1991. At PVHS I lettered in football, wrestling and baseball. I have 3 boys (Zach 9, Landon 7, Ryder 2) and an awesome wife Katie who puts up with the 4 of us. This will be my 3rd year with PYS and the 9u team. I had really great and influential coaches here in town and I would love to be a positive influence to these young men and women.


Johnny O'Neal- Got involved with youth football in 2012 as a dad watching his 5 year old play football from the sidelines. Stepped up as an assistant coach that year and found his passion. By 2016 took over as the Youth Football commissioner. Founded Pahrump Youth Sports in 2017, a non profit sports program for the benefit of the local youth  involved with wrestling, cheer, flag and tackle football.