Taz Wallace takes job with Madison 2012.02.22

Written by David Green.

Morenci will be searching for a new football coach once again following a vote by the Madison Board of Education.

Madison hired Morenci coach Taz Wallace during its meeting Monday night. In addition to coaching duties, Wallace will serve as a “graduation coach” to offer extra academic help to upperclassmen.

Wallace’s departure at the end of the school year will leave three vacancies in Morenci: head varsity football coach, athletic director and behavioral specialist—a position that serves as an administrative assistant to the high school/middle school principal.

Wallace joined the Morenci district in August 2010 and was selected from among 42 candidates. He took over as football coach for the 2011 season and led the Bulldogs to playoff participation with a 5-4 record.

The Madison job marks a return for Wallace. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native graduated from Madison High School before attending Adrian College.

Wallace said Tuesday he looks forward to the challenge in his new position at Madison.

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