Richard Solomon - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Assistant Head Football Coach Richard Solomon

Phone: 480-461-7976


Coach Solomon and Coach Hargrave are lifelong friends, and a top-notch team of recruiters.

Coach Solomon began his coaching career in DuBuque, Iowa in 1972.

From 1973-74, Solomon coached the defensive backs at Southern Illinois.

"I'm a lifer," says Solomon.

After Southern Illinois, duty called at the Univelrsity of Iowa, where he spent three years coaching tight ends and wide receivers.

Most notable, perhaps, was Art Monk at Syracuse.

The University of Illinois enjoyed the coaching prowess of Solomon for six years as Defensive Backs Coach and Defensive Coordinator.

Shortly after that, the New York Football Giants came calling. As a scout, Coach Solomon enjoyed a Super Bowl Championship in 1986.

The Minnesota Vikings caught on to Coach Solomon's style and requested his services for the next 10 seasons. He was the Outside Linebackers Coach, and Defensive Backs Coach during his Vikings tenure.

After one season as Western Illinois' Defensive Backs Coach, the Arizona Cardinals called and asked Solomon to coach defensive backs.

Now Mesa Community College gets to utilize the talents of a truly remarkable mentor.

Coach Solomon is married to Shandrea, who is a Professor at Phoenix Law School.

Coach Solomon has two daughters and a son. Alesia lives in Michigan, Brandon in Atlanta, and Ryann in Minnesota. Brandon has given Coach Solomon three grandchildren.


Mesa Community College
Maricopa County Community College District