High school football: Minimal coaching changes heading into 2018 season

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With Brighton’s hiring of Rafe Maughan as its new football coach last Friday, the high school football offseason coaching carousel appears to officially have come to a stop.

By recent trends, it was a quiet offseason.

One year after 26 schools had a new head coach, and two years removed from 29 new head coaches, only 13 schools will have a new head coach in 2018. It’s the lowest turnover in the past decade and the fewest coaching changes since there were 15 new coaches in 2010.

Four of the 13 coaches have previous head coaching experience in Utah, while the other nine have a wide variety of experience of their own.

Nearly one-third of the coaching changes occurred in Region 9 and that uncertainty should make for an interesting season in 2018.

The first domino in the Region 9 shuffle occurred when Cary Whittingham resigned as Timpview’s football coach after a wildly successful six-year stint that included three state titles, three region titles and a 63-15 overall record.

Dixie’s Andy Stokes was hired to replace Whittingham, and he brings a strong résumé of his own up north. He led the Flyers to at least a share of the Region 9 title in all three years he was the head coach from 2015 to 2017, amassing a 26-9 record during that span.

“I am excited to be a part of the Timpview family and tradition. This is a flagship program and we will continue to work as hard as we can to continue the work that has been paved before us,” said Stokes.

A familiar face will step into Stokes’ vacancy at the tradition-rich program he’s leaving.

Blaine Monkres, who coached at Dixie from 2008 to 2014, returns to his old program after a three-year hiatus that included stops at Dixie State, Murray and Riverton. During his time at Dixie he led the Flyers to a 54-27 record and state titles in 2012 and 2014.

Overall, this will be Monkres’ 28th season as a head coach in Utah.

“I’m extremely excited to be back at Dixie. I really enjoyed the past two years, one at Riverton and one at Murray. Those are great schools but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come back to Dixie,” said Monkres.

Another domino fell in Region 9 when Steve Pearson stepped down as Hurricane’s coach. He was replaced by Skyler Miller, who spent just one season at Canyon View in 2017.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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