Morenci hires coaches 8.8

Written by David Green.

Morenci Board of Education members filled most of the remaining coaching positions Monday night, but two varsity head coach jobs remain open.

The board accepted the resignation of Jim Bauer as varsity boys basketball coach, ending seven years of leadership from the middle school teacher.

In a letter explaining his decision, Bauer said that to run the program the “right way” requires an enormous amount of time, and not just from November to March.

He said the decision was very difficult to make, but he knows he needs to spend more time with his children, ages seven and four.

The varsity golf position is also open now that the state athletic association moved boys golf to the spring. Golf coach Brad Brown also coaches track and he’ll stay with that spring sport.

The board approved the following coaching positions:

Bill Kohn, head varsity football; Dan Hoffman, assistant varsity football; Mike McDowell, JV football; Matt Bostick, assistant JV football; Nate Parker, volunteer assistant varsity football; Scott Gallagher, volunteer assistant varsity football; Travis Kruse and Chris Mansfield, eighth grade football; Shane Sarnac and Fred Love, seventh grade football; Robyn Taylor, varsity competitive cheer;

Scott Clark, varsity wrestling; Chris Ramsey, eighth grade girls basketball; Daniel Yatzek, seventh grade girls basketball; Chris Mansfield, seventh grade boys basketball; Brad Brown, varsity track; Chris Mansfield, assistant varsity track; Travis Kruse, assistant middle school track; Kay Johnson, varsity softball; and Dennis Owens, JV volleyball.

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