Coaching Staff

 Head Coach

Ted Allen

Coach Allen is entering his fourth season at Standley Lake, and second year as Head Coach.  Before Standley Lake, Allen coached the semi-professional Colorado Kings. He also coached at Westminster High School in 1998 and 1999 seasons under Coach Steve Williams.

As a player, Allen played at the University of Colorado, Boulder for three seasons under coach Joe Harrington from 1992-1995.  Finishing his career in the top ten in multiple statistical categories.  Ted also finished as the leading shot blocker in school history, and the record held up for ten years.   Following his collegiate career, Allen played attended the New York Knicks free agent camp and was later invited to Veteran camp, where he was the final cut just before the beginning of the 1995-96 season.  He also played attended vet camp with Detroit Pistons and summer league with the Milwaukee Bucks.  Allen played professionally in the CBA with the Rockford Lightning, Omaha Racers, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.  He also played abroad in France, England, Cyprus, and Germany before injuries forced early retirement.

Allen currently works in Information Technology at Level 3 Telecommunications in Broomfield and has a Masters in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Sport Management from Saint Leo University.  He lives in Broomfield with his wife Rebecca and 6-year-old daughter Claire and 3 month old son Theodore Jr (TJ).


Assistant Varsity Coach

JJ Pavelich

Coach Pavelich is entering his second season at Standley Lake. Coach Pavelich played his high school basketball at nearby Monarch High School. At Monarch, the team made it to the state playoffs every year including a run to the Elite 8 during Pavelich’s Junior season in 2007. As a senior Pavelich set single season records for blocks and charges taken. Following high school he was a part of the practice squad for the University of Colorado Basketball Team.

Pavelich received his degree from the University Of Colorado in Communications and works in the Sales and Marketing department for ZOLL Medical in Broomfield. Recently married in June, he currently lives in Superior with his wife Kelly

Junior Varsity Head Coach

Stephen Zehnder

Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

Brian Zehnder

Coach Zehnder is entering his seventh season at Standley Lake. Prior to the Gators, Zehnder had a successful six year stint at Pomona High School leading the Panthers to the state playoffs three of the last four years as well as recording the most wins in school history and receiving Jefferson County Coach of the year.  Prior to Pomona, Zehnder was an assistant coach at Standley Lake when they also posted the highest winning percentage in school history, losing to eventual state champion Denver East in the round of sixteen.

During the off-season, Zehnder has coached developmental camps in Santa Barbara, California, Brussels Belgium, University of Wyoming, and the University of Colorado  as well as well as helped out the Tru Playaz Basketball Club.

Zehnder currently teaches history at Standley Lake High School in Westminster and has a Masters degree from the University of Denver in Computer Science.  He lives in Arvada with his wife Terri and have three children Stephen, Andrew and Rachel.

 Level III Coach

Jack Alvis

Level III Assistant


Matt Williams Obituary

Matthew Williams surprised everyone when he arrived in this world, and did so, again, when he departed. He made his debut on September 19, 1980, a matter of minutes after his twin brother Benjamin, nearly two months preterm, and tipping the scales at just less than four pounds. A much welcomed, if unexpected, addition to the Al and Jane Williams family, Matt’s appearance left the attending physician apologizing to the OB nurse, who had insisted throughout labor she was hearing two heartbeats. The tiny boys had shared not only their first room, but their blood supply…so the initial hours of their lives saw a major transfusion effort to give each his own. They would remain blood brothers and best friends for 37 years.

Matt’s early life was filled with the experiences shaping his life-long philosophy that family and tradition are treasures. His grandmother, Yolanda, a cellist with the Brico Symphony, gave him music lessons and shared her love of “The Nutcracker,” which Matt continued to see nearly every year. There were trips to Arizona to visit his other grandmother Bertha, summers at Geneva Glen camp with Ben, family appearances in Lakewood on Parade and more.

Matt attended Lakewood High School. He swam with the swim team, becoming captain and lettering in sports as well as scholastics. He then graduated from CSU as a business major and IT emphasis, the latter setting the course of his career.

Matt loved Spiderman and Kid Rock. Cholula hot sauce and his dad’s cooking. His cats, Sunny and Luca, and his dog Maya. The Nuggets. Hiking with the Hager family in Estes. Solving computer issues. Biking Colorado with his Uncle Doug. His TKE brothers. Coaching the feeder and freshman basketball teams at Standley Lake High School. And always, his extended family. He leaves his mother and stepfather, Jane and Terry; his father and partner, Al and Carla; brothers Ben, Jeff and Doug and their families; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Matt was an original.

He will be deeply missed.


Seth Strickland


Brina Wade

Brina Wade is in her seventh year at Standley Lake as certified athletic trainer. Before coming to Standley Lake, Wade completed a graduate assistantship as certified athletic trainer at Avella Jr./Sr. High School in Avella, PA.

Born and raised in Pueblo, CO, Wade graduated with a Bachelors of Science- Athletic Training in 2007 from Colorado State University- Pueblo and with a Masters of Science- Athletic training in 2008 from California University of Pennsylvania. Brina also has her CPR instructor certification, Performance Enhancement Specialist certification, and Speed and Explosion certification.

Currently, Wade lives in Brighton. In her free time Brina loves to go camping, do things outside and watch sports. Her future goal is to work with a Division 1 college or a professional football team.