- Youth Basketball
The 2014-2015 season marks Coach Aldrich’s 11th year with the Shawnee Mission West Girls’ Basketball Team, and his fifth year as Head Coach. Previously, Coach Aldrich served as the Assistant Varsity/Head JV coach. During his time at SMW, the Lady Vikings have been awarded Sunflower League Champions (2009,2011), 6A Kansas State High School Tournament 2nd Place (2011), 6A Kansas State High School Tournament 3rd Place (2009), and 6A Kansas State High School Tournament 4th Place (2007).
Coach Aldrich is a 1996 graduate of SMW. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and was a member of the 1994 State Tournament basketball team. Coach Aldrich attended Kansas State University where he enjoyed playing basketball on his fraternity’s intramural team. He still tries to play basketball as often as he can with friends.
Coaches Donnie Campbell and Tim Bishop were his high school basketball coaches, and Coach Aldrich learned a lot about the game from them. He started coaching basketball at SMNW under John Reiff, whose program was continually one of the best in the Sunflower League. He also coached baseball under Todd Reed at SMW and accompanied the team to their first state tournament in over a decade.
Throughout his experiences as an athlete and coach’s assistant, Coach Aldrich has taken bits from each of his mentors to mold his own philosophy. Coach Dean Smith and Coach Roy Williams have also played an important role in influencing him as a coach, and he will stress the importance of “Playing Hard, Playing Smart, and Playing Together.”
Coach Aldrich is married to Erin, who is also a SMW graduate. They have two sons, Jacob (8), and Kellen (6). In addition to coaching basketball, Coach Aldrich enjoys spending time with his family, rooting for the Royals and the Wildcats, and keeping up on the latest in technology.
Coach Beerends has been a PE teacher in the Shawnee Mission School district for six years. He spent two years at Bonjour Elementary and is currently in his 5th year at Westridge Middle School. Coach Beerends is also entering his 5th season as the Jumps coach for the SM West Track and Field team.
Coach Beerends is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He is also a graduate of Pittsburg State University, with a master’s degree in Educational Administration. Coach Beerends played football, basketball and ran track in High School. He was a member of basketball teams that finished 3rd at state his junior season and won the state championship his senior season.
Coach Beerends is married to Jena, his high school sweetheart. They have two daughters, Emery (4), and Harper (1 1/2 months). Coach Beerends enjoys spending time with his friends and family, playing sports and doing outdoor activities.
Black Team Coach
Coach Reiff bring 30 years of Varsity coaching experience with him as he joins the Lady Viking coaching staff. His previous coaching positions were at The Barstow School and Shawnee Mission Northwest where his teams consistently performed at a high level reaching State several times. At this time he is also enjoying coaching the Girls’ Golf team at SMNW.
Coach Reiff is married to Earlynn, who teaches at Trailridge Middle School. He has 3 grown children, Michael, Stacy and Kelly, and 9 grandchildren. His son Michael is a teacher at SM West.
Gold Team Coach
He has been coaching in Shawnee Mission School District since 1984 in both football and basketball. This is his second year at SM West and he is excited to be a Viking. He went to Bishop Ward High School and the University of Kansas, graduating with a BSE in Physical Education and Language Arts 1974. Coach “Rez” is married to his wife, Christine and they have three grown children, Carrie, Tom and Sarah. He retired from teaching this year after 38 years in education. Rez enjoys golf and movies in his spare time.