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Coaching staff

RJ Palmgren

Assistant head coach

Coach Palmgren was born and raised in Olathe. After graduating from Olathe South High School, he attended Pittsburg State University where he studied Spanish Education. Coach Palmgren taught at Blue Valley West for the five years until moving to Southwest in 2019. Coach Palmgren started coaching under Coach Rabbitt and this will be his 8th year coaching at Southwest. He has coached at the  Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Varsity levels and this will be his first season as Assistant Head Coach. Along with being the Assistant Head Coach, he is the leader of our Wolf Pup youth program.

Coach Palmgren lives in Spring Hill with his wife, Courtney and their dog, Roni.




Coach Pearson grew up in Wichita, Kansas where he graduated from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. He received his bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in Sports Management. His first coaching position was at St. Jude Catholic School in Wichita where he discovered his passion for developing young athletes. While coaching at St. Jude for three years, Coach Pearson began coaching club basketball for several teams including Kansas MTXE (7 years), Team Perry Ellis (2 years), and Wichita Padres this past summer. The last two years he has been an Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School in Wichita. During his time there, he lead the sophomore and freshmen teams, and assisted with varsity. Also while at Kapaun, he helped lead the team to a final four appearance at the 2020 state tournament before it was canceled due to Covid-19. Coach Pearson was the Sophomore coach last season and helped with the Varsity program as well. This season will be his first as Varsity Assistant. 

Deron toliver

Junior Varstiy

Coach Deron Toliver was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Lincoln College Preparatory Academy High School, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team since the end of his sophomore year. He was the captain his senior year, averaging 16 points per game and helping his team to win a district championship. After graduating from high school in 2012, Coach Toliver went on to study kinesiology at Avila University. He was a member of the basketball team there, but unfortunately dealt with many injuries that kept him sidelined for most of his career. He graduated from Avila in 2016 and started coaching basketball, using these experiences as motivators for the up and coming student athletes. Deron coaches youth basketball with a program called Kansas City Supreme, alongside former college teammates Keith Taylor, Josh Benford, Sedrick Johnson, and Jordan Davis. Coach Toliver is currently the job coach for the special education department of Blue Valley Southwest, assisting students in building job skills for life after high school.


Deron resides in Overland Park, KS and is blessed to have a son, Adyn Toliver, who is 2 years old.



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