Varsity Head Coach

Coach Erica Farnsworth was born and raised in Arizona and attended Thunderbird High School where she played varsity basketball, track/cross country, and swimming. Erica attended Glendale Community College where she received scholarships in basketball, soccer and track and earning her Associates. After GCC she continued on to Western Oregon University where she continued her education also receiving a scholarship in basketball and soccer. After graduating from WOU she returned home to Arizona and started working for her family business “Arizona Bag Company”. Erica has been coaching for 17 years and is entering her 13th varsity season. Previous to Pinnacle she coached at Shadow Mountain High School. Erica was an Assistant to the 2010 championship team and 2011 Runner up. As a Head Coach she led her team to the finals and became a Champion in 2019. This will be Coaches 4rd year at Pinnacle. Erica and her husband Troy have 3 children Brady, Kelsey and Reid.


As a two sport athlete (basketball and football) at Tustin High school Coach Christopher Barrett was a High School All American football player. He attended University of Southern California (USC) and studied Public Policy. While at USC he was a 2x National Champion, and 4x PAC10 champion. Coach Barrett started his coaching career in 2009 at Servite High School in, Anaheim, CA as the Defensive Line coach. During his time at Servite, Coach Barrett also coached Boys JV basketball for two consecutive years. In 2011 he was the strength Coach and defensive line coach at Lakewood high school, until 2012 when he became the first official college football coach in China. Coach Barrett started college football at 6 different universities in China. In 2016 he became the Game Development Manager for the China Arena Football League until 2018 when he became the Kinetics Teacher at Pat Tillman middle school. Coach Barrett is now a PE teacher at Pinnacle High School


Varsity Assistant

Coach Dave Ference is currently in his 8th year of being part of the teaching staff at Pinnacle as a Graphic Design Teacher.  He comes to us as a graduate of Northern Arizona University and has over 25 years of teaching and coaching experience both as a basketball and a baseball coach.  He spent 5 years coaching under the tutelage of Karen Self (one of the best coaches in Arizona) over at Seton Catholic Prep.  Throughout his many years as a coach he has gained the experience of working with the different player levels and coaching staffs while maintaining professional relationships with the Administration, Teachers, Booster Clubs and Parents.   Coach Ference is excited to begin his 3nd year working with Coach Erica Farnsworth, her staff  and players all while furthering the excellent pride and tradition that is Pioneer Basketball.