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5/14/2013 9:58:00 PM
Bradshaw Mountain football coach search down to 2
Bears hire new A.D., plus girls' hoops, volleyball and wrestling coaches
Doug Cook
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Bradshaw Mountain High administrators have chosen two finalists for the school's vacant varsity head football coaching position, the departing athletic director confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

However, BMHS A.D. Cindy Dahl declined to name the candidates, who will undergo a second round of interviews on Friday.

"We probably won't know anything about that until Saturday or the following Monday," Dahl said of a final hire.

Current Bears coach Adam Schiermyer resigned in late April after only one season with the squad to accept a teaching/coaching job in his native Michigan. Bradshaw compiled a 3-8 record in 2012.

Nevertheless, progress was made with other hires in the school's athletic department.

During its regular meeting on Tuesday night, the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board approved the hiring of 35-year-old Mark Ernster to replace Dahl as Bradshaw Mountain's new athletic director.

Ernster has taught in the Peoria Unified School District for the past decade and was a former Arizona State University baseball player as well as a minor leaguer.

Dahl announced in late April that she would be resigning from her post at the end of the 2012-13 academic year to relocate to Sheridan, Wyo., with her family. She has served as the A.D. for the past three years and taught physical education at Bradshaw Mountain for 13 years prior to that.

In addition to working toward the hiring of a new football coach and changing athletic directors, BMHS recently filled three other varsity head coaching vacancies.

They include:

• Girls' Basketball - Deana Hendrix will take over for highly successful second-year coach Efren Badilla, who guided the Bears to back-to-back Division 2 state tournament quarterfinals appearances in 2011-12 and 2012-13. Dahl said Badilla resigned because he is moving to Texas with his family.

Dahl added that Hendrix already lives in this area, but she will not teach. Hendrix was a varsity assistant coach and JV head coach for the Phoenix Moon Valley High girls' hoops program for the past several years.

"She took a lot of the load the last year she was there," Dahl said of Hendrix's time at Moon Valley. "She's going to be a great leader. And she has the capability of pushing these girls."

• Volleyball - Bradshaw's spikers will be getting their third different coach in as many campaigns this fall after the resignation of first-year coach Janet Jensen, who also mentored the Bears' varsity softball team this spring.

Dahl said Natali Washburn, a math teacher on campus, was hired in late April to take over for Jensen as volleyball coach. Washburn coached in the highly successful Scottsdale Horizon High program before leaving for Bradshaw last year.

• Wrestling - The Bears' grapplers will also have their third coach in as many seasons next winter following the resignation of first-year head man Gordon Cobb this past off-season.

Jason Howard, the head wrestling coach at Div. 4 Morenci High for the last five winters, will succeed Cobb as Bradshaw's lead mentor, and will teach English on campus, Dahl said.

Hired in late April, Howard led Morenci to five straight state tournament berths, including a third-place team finish at this year's Div. 4 state meet.

With all of the coaching changes happening right now at Bradshaw, Dahl said she's taken the situation in stride as she, too, prepares to depart Prescott Valley.

"It's just been hectic," she said with a laugh. "Because of different situations with different choices about families and that type of thing, it's been difficult hiring all of them.

"But we've used the committee process and we've put the people in place that we feel like will be the best for those programs."



Related Stories:
• Former ASU baseball player expected to be named Bradshaw Mountain athletic director
• Bradshaw Mountain AD, varsity football coach step down in unrelated moves


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Wait a second here...

In response to "I'm a parent and I'm sick of it, our parents are running the show!":
Pause for a moment before casting disparaging remarks about those who applied for our head football position. There was at least one quality candidate I am aware of who interviewed with the committee.
Rick Walsworth (sp), the HC from Sedona Red Rock, has brought that program back from the dead in the 3 years he has been there leading them to the playoffs in 2012 (as well as upsetting our ex-coach Apap and Chino Valley).
He also got a lot of practice beating us while he was at Mingus for 7 years before that, 5 as the offensive coordinator. He is well thought of by people I know around the Verde Valley, and has quality coaching experience. Not sure who the two finalists are, but I believe that guy was a viable applicant.


Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: Hattie Joel

Cindy Dahl was a wonderful athletic director, and a privilege to have as a teacher. Good luck with your move, I'll send positive energy,and prayers your way.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Article comment by: bring in all pewee football coaches

That would be kinda cool. Wait last year they all were except for the head coach he was jv before. Maybe this year Bradshaw can run the board and have them all ten and under coaches. Anyways might be time to discuss maybe not letting your kids play it wont be to fun or productive here at this program

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: I'm a parent and I'm sick of it, our parents are running the show!

I too am interested in who they hire ... The football coach is leaving this program in dire straights, no one familiar with this situation would want the job exactly why there is no quality candidates applying. Its going to take a long time to fix athletics here until we get some good quality people in to lead the administration and coach our kids that need direction. Another sad day for BMHS football.

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: concerned Parent Bradshaw

Why has the out going Athletic Director been apart of the coaching selection and not the new AD. Her last choice didn't work out so well. Our kids deserve better



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