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Jenda Ballard

Seton Catholic Preparatory

1A-3A Coach of the Year

Jenda Ballard has been coaching sports and teaching youth the importance of commitment and teamwork for over 30 years. In addition to coaching Chino Valley’s Cross Country and Softball teams since 2010 and 2015 respectively, Coach Ballard’s passion for inclusion led to the addition of the school’s first Unified Sports team in 2014. An inclusive sports program which combines students with intellectual disabilities (unified athletes) and students without intellectual disabilities (unified partners) on sports teams together for training and competition, Unified Sports has since exploded at Chino Valley High School. During the 2016-17 athletic season, Ballard coached Chino Valley’s Unified Soccer team, Unified Basketball team, and Unified Track and Field team.

In four short years, Unified Sports has transformed the school climate at Chino Valley under Coach Ballard’s leadership. By creating friendships on the field, Unified Sports has led to friendships off the field and a school campus where students with intellectual disabilities are truly included as part of the “Cougar Family”. Through her passion for inclusion, Coach Ballard has shaped a new vision at Chino Valley High School, which allows all individuals, regardless of ability, to experience the joy of sport and friendship.


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2018-2020 AIA Conference and Region Alignments
The initial conference and region placements are now available via the following link:

Here is a list of the schools appealing conference and/or region placements.  Times will be posted as we know when the conferences are scheduled to meet:
Conference and Region Appeals for 2018-2020