Desert Vista Girls Staff


Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Megan Ping

Coach Ping

Coach Megan Ping has been the Head Coach of the Desert Vista Girls Cross Country Team since 2020. She and her family (Ryan, Grace, Lauren & Jamison) moved to Ahwatukee in 2019 from Minnesota. Her daughters Grace Ping (Class of 2020) & Lauren Ping have had a lot of success in both cross country & track. Grace will begin her freshman year at Oklahoma State University in the Fall of 2021, where she will be running cross country & track. 

Coach Ping was a collegiate runner for the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and continues to run competitively. She coaches the DVCC Girls with her husband Ryan and they are looking forward to the continued success of the program. The Desert Vista Girls were the 2020 AZ State Champions and the 2020 Nike Cross Country National Champs (virtual).

email: mping@tuhsd.k12.az.us

Assistant Coach: Dan Beeks

Coach Beeks

Coach Dan Beeks has been a volunteer assistant coach with DVCC since 2014.  Before that, he was Vice President, and then President, of the Desert Vista Boys Cross Country Boosters Association. He is the father of former DVCC Boys Runner Matt Beeks (Class of 2015) and former DVCC Girls Runner Izzie Beeks (Class of 2017). Coach Beeks loves working with student athletes and the rest of the coaching staff.

email: danbeeks@gmail.com

Assistant Coach: Bob Davis

Coach Davis

Coach Bob Davis has been a volunteer assistant coach for the DVCC Girls since 2013. He is the father of two former DVCC State Championship Team Varsity runners: DVCC Boys Runner Ben Davis (Class of 2015), a Varsity runner on the 2014 Boys State Championship team now attending Loyola Marymount University in LA; and former DVCC Girls Runner Mandy Davis (Class of 2017), a Varsity runner on the 2016 Girls State Champtionship team, now attending Northwestern University in Chicago. Holding it all together is his supportive wife and mother (Judy).

email: bob@davis.earth

Assistant Coach: Ryan Ping

Coach Ping

Coach Ryan Ping has been an Assistant Coach of the Desert Vista Girls Cross Country Team since 2020. He and his family (Megan, Grace (Class of 2020), Lauren & Jamison) moved to Ahwatukee in 2019 from Minnesota. In his own words...

I’ve been coaching for 30+ years. It all began with soccer, ski racing and then progressed to track and cross country. My passion is for optimizing performance in myself and facilitating others to be their best.

A transformational experience happened for Megan and in 2010 when we had the opportunity to learn from two coaches responsible for supporting the women’s US Nordic ski team and ultimately leading to the recent overall World Cup title.

Through physiological testing and training in alignment with heart rate we learned so much. To keep it really simple, “when you go easy, go easy and when it’s time to go hard, go at the right hard pace.”  “Train at your level.”

Personally I’ve coached Cross Country and track for 6 seasons.  It’s pure joy to see athletes feel the sense of accomplishment of doing their best and also when they discover their best is better than they originally thought.

In 2016, our family started Project Gold Running, a camp designed to bring great people together to inspire and lift others up, encouraging each and every athlete to break through limiting beliefs and commit to a bigger vision, and to have a growth mindset and commit to adopt a few strategies to pursue their vision.

My goal is to promote a love for our sport and inspire our athletes to be their best. 

email: ryanping@icloud.com

Assistant Coach: Renae Sigerud

Coach Sigerud

Coach Renae Sigerud has been an assistant coach for the Desert Vista Girls Cross Country Team since 2020. She and her family, husband Jon, Caden (Jr. at U of A), DVCC Runner Katie (Class of 2022), and Cody (8th grade at Altadena) moved to Ahwatukee in May of 2020 from Minnesota. In her own words… 

I started running shortly after my second child was born and grew to love the sport! I have competed in several marathons and also ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon. My goal for committing to the girls DVCC program is to help encourage and support each of the athletes as they challenge themselves both as a competitive runner and in life. I enjoy watching the girls compete and push themselves to become better. I want to inspire each girl to grow stronger physically and mentally. Running is a sport you can take with you anywhere and enjoy as an activity for years and years to come and instilling that into this wonderful group of girls is so enjoyable.

email: rasigerud@hotmail.com

Athletic Department

Athletic Director: David Klecka

email: dklecka@tempeunion.org

Athletic Secretary: Dixie Prosser

email: dprosser@tempeunion.org