Jay Gonzales - President
Jay Gonzales is a Tucson native and long-time local businessman. He is responsible for all non-football operations including corporate sales and sponsorships, ticketing, game operations, and media and community relations. Gonzales served as the Sugar Skulls’ Director of Media Relations in the team’s first season. The organization received the award for Best Media Relations from the Indoor Football League following the season.
He is a graduate of Sahuaro High School in Tucson and the University of Arizona where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a former reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and was the manager of Tucson Electric Power’s award-winning Public Affairs Team for nine years. He also spent two years as communication director at the City of Tucson. He operated his own public relations firm for 10 years and was a contributing editor and writer for BizTucson magazine, the region’s leading business magazine.
Gonzales has a long history of community involvement as a member of numerous boards and organizations, and in 1998 he was named the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. His sports background includes serving on the boards of the Copper Bowl/Insight Bowl and the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee. He has been a statistician for University of Arizona men’s basketball for nearly 30 years and also is a statistician for the Wildcats’ women’s basketball team. He was a baseball and softball coach at The Gregory School for seven years where he also served as a public address announcer for the school’s basketball and volleyball teams for 10 years.
Anton Zimanek - Assistant General Manager
Anton Zimanek assists in multiple areas of the organization including ticketing, sales, sponsorships and the internship program. His duties in football operations include equipment and the training table.
Zimanek served as the Sugar Skulls’ Executive Assistant and Equipment Manager in the team’s first season, while also managing merchandise. His background in indoor football includes serving on the Arizona Rattlers staff from 2016-2018, where he was involved in scouting, video and football operations. He also worked in ticket operations with the Phoenix Suns and customer relations with the Arizona Cardinals.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Sport & Tourism Management from Troy University, and was honored with Most Outstanding Student Award in his department. Zimanek worked in the sports information office during his time at Troy.
Dan Reich – Director of Sales
Dan Reich has been an assistant football coach at the high school and junior college level, and most recently was an assistant coach with the Arizona Rattlers. He has decided to pursue opportunities on the business side of professional football and is now responsible for ticket and sponsorship sales for the Sugar Skulls.
A Florida native, Reich graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Broadcasting. He coached at Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Florida, while completing his degree, helping guide 2011 Gatorade High School Player of the Year and NFL quarterback Jeff Driskel. After graduation, Reich spent six seasons as the tight ends coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi. While there, Copiah-Lincoln was a consistent feature in both the top 10 national junior college polls and the national offensive rankings. Copiah-Lincoln was also highlighted in the popular Netflix series “Last Chance U,” defeating the featured school, East Mississippi Community College, in the second episode of the first season.
After the 2016 season, Reich accepted a coaching and scouting internship opportunity with the Rattlers in their first season in the IFL. In the fall of 2017, he spent time as the running backs coach and running game coordinator at Mesa Community College, where the rushing attack improved from ranking around 75th nationally to 20th in the NJCAA, helping Mesa earn a berth in the 2017 Valley of the Sun Bowl.
Reich is married to the former Chelsea Wallack of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kristi Lopez - Dance Team Director
Kristi Lopez is Director of the Sugar Dolls dance team. She is a nationally recognized coach and has been a professional dancer since the age of 13.
She currently is on the faculty of Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, south of Tucson, where she is a dance teacher and is the head coach and choreographer for the school’s PAC Dance Team. The dance team, formed in 2011, has been a viral sensation on YouTube with its elaborate dance routines and staging. The team’s YouTube videos have generated more than 100 million views for their themed performances of Disney’s Pixar, the Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, and the Marvel superheroes. The team has also made national network television appearances on America’s Got Talent and Good Morning America. Lopez will continue her duties at Walden Grove and the PAC Dance Team in addition to her role with the Sugar Dolls.
Lopez is originally from Southern California and grew up in Florida where she joined a professional ballet company at the age of 13. She moved to Arizona when her father, Andy Lopez, became the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats baseball team for the 2002 season. She graduated from Sabino High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona School of Dance.
Geff Trescott - Director of Team Security
Geff has been employed in law enforcement and law enforcement related capacities for over 20 years with the last 15 years in a sworn law enforcement capacity.
He previously volunteered with the Special Olympics state office in Phoenix, Arizona. While volunteering, his duties involved helping to organize the annual state competitions, coordination between numerous chapters statewide, coordinating volunteer groups, and ensuring awards ceremonies were completed properly.
Since 2012 he has been involved with the Arizona Rattlers. Throughout that time he was a member of the organization's security team and has assisted with game day operations in a multitude of areas. Over the course of his tenure with the Arizona Rattlers, he was part of four championship seasons.