Varsity Head  Coach

Colton Walker
 is entering his second season as varsity head coach. In addition to coaching at Gilbert High School, he also coaches with Arizona Elite, a local club program in the valley. Previously, Colton spent five years coaching seventh grade girlsí basketball at Stapley Junior High School (Mesa, AZ), one year volunteering as a student manager for the West Virginia University women's basketball team (Morgantown, WV), one year as the freshman girlsí basketball coach at Mountain View High School (Mesa, AZ), and one year as an assistant women's basketball coach at Benedictine University at Mesa (Mesa, AZ).

Colton graduated from Mesa High School (Mesa, AZ) in 2018, where he spent two years as a student assistant for the boysí basketball program, which at the time, was led by Shane Burcar, the current head coach of the men's basketball program at Northern Arizona University.

This summer, Colton earned his Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies, with minors in Sport & Exercise Psychology, Sport Communication, Public Relations, and Native American Studies, fully online, through West Virginia University. He plans to pursue a masterís degree in Special Education and begin teaching at Gilbert High School next year.

During the day, Colton works for Gilbert High School as a flexible site substitute teacher.

Varsity Assistant  Coach

Ryan Burdge
is entering his first season as a part of the girls' basketball program at Gilbert High School. Ryan has been coaching basketball for fifteen years. His coaching experience includes high school, middle school and elementary level experience.

At Campo Verde High School (Gilbert, AZ), he coached one season of freshmen girls' basketball and four seasons of JV girls' basketball. Ryan coached five seasons of eighth grade girls' basketball at Greenfield Junior High School (Gilbert, AZ) and five seasons of eighth grade boys' basketball at Greenfield Junior High School/Mesquite Junior High School (Gilbert AZ). He has also coached five seasons of fifth and sixth grade girls' basketball and four seasons of seventh and eighth grade girls' basketball in competitive leagues. Moreover, in addition to his numerous seasons coaching, Ryan has helped coordinate and conduct over twenty basketball camps emphasizing basketball fundamentals.

Ryan grew up in Mesa, AZ and moved to Gilbert, AZ shortly after graduating high school. In 2001 he earned a Bachelorís in Education from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). After graduating, Ryan began teaching physical education in Gilbert where he is currently in his eighteenth year teaching. Along with being a teacher, Ryan is also a licensed realtor. For the last fifteen years he has been flipping houses, managing his own rental properties, and representing clients as a licensed realtor.

Most importantly, Ryan has been married to his wife, Jill, for twenty years. Together, they have five kids: two biological and three adopted. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out at home spending time with his family.

Junior Varsity Head Coach

Alexa Masini
is entering her first season as a part of the girls' basketball program at Gilbert High School. She has been around basketball her entire life, she played at Campo Verde High School (Gilbert, AZ) and continued to play at the collegiate level at Benedictine University at Mesa (Mesa, AZ).

On top of her playing experience, Alexa has helped coach numerous summer camps held at Campo Verde (Gilbert, AZ) during her high school years. She also coached the JV girls' basketball team at Campo Verde (Gilbert, AZ) for two seasons following her graduation in 2014. Additionally, Alexa helps to host AAU basketball tournaments and has been in the tournament industry for 10 years.

Alexa graduated from Campo Verde High school (Gilbert, AZ) in 2014. She spent two years at Mesa Community College (Mesa, AZ) before transferring to Benedictine University at Mesa (Mesa, AZ). She graduated from Benedictine University at Mesa (Mesa, AZ) in 2019 where she received her bachelorís degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.

On top of coaching and working tournaments, Alexa is a mom to a two year old boy who is almost three and loves basketball as much as she does.

  Shelby Romero
Freshman Head Coach

Shelby Romero
is entering her first season as a part of the girls' basketball program at Gilbert High School. She was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. An athlete at heart, Shelby played soccer, basketball and ran track throughout her childhood. She never found a sport she did not enjoy, but ultimately fell in love with basketball.

Previously, Shelby has volunteered at multiple basketball camps and mentored young athletes. With over twenty years of experience in organizational leadership, she enjoys mentoring and developing her work teams and seeing people grow in their roles while pushing them to be the best that they can be.

Shelby has resided in Gilbert, AZ since 2007 and has been happily married for twenty-six years. She is a mother of six beautiful children, five of which attend Ashland Ranch Elementary (Gilbert, AZ). Go Road Runners! When Shelby's not coaching, she enjoys competing in recreational and competitive softball leagues. She is grateful and looking forward to her first season with the Tigers!


  BRIANA McDowell
Director of Basketball Operation

Briana McDowell
is excited to be helping out the girls' basketball program for the first time this year. Briana grew up in Gilbert, Arizona and graduated from Gilbert High School in 2011. She played basketball all four years and also ran track. Briana earned her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Biology from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) in 2018.

Briana started her teaching career at the junior high level, teaching eighth grade science for three years, before moving to Gilbert High School this year to teach Biology.

She is excited to return and be a Gilbert Tiger once more.  Briana has been married for five years and has two children, a daughter (three) and a son (seven months). In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and exercising.




1101 E. Elliot Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 497-0177 Ext. 169