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Arena Football League great to coach at Canyon Springs

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Hunkie Cooper was a two-time all Big West Conference selection while playing for UNLV. Cooper was hired Monday as the new football coach at Canyon Springs High.

Hunkie Cooper

Hunkie Cooper

Former UNLV and Arena Football League great Hunkie Cooper is the new football coach at Canyon Springs High.

Cooper, who has been an assistant for the Pioneers the last five years, was hired Monday, said Athletic Administrator Isaac White.

Cooper replaces Chris Littman, who resigned last month.

“He has done an excellent job as an assistant and has an excellent rapport with the kids,” White said. “He knows the X's and O's of football. He was the right person for our football program.”

Cooper set numerous receiving marks from 1993 to 2005 with the Arizona Rattlers. He is their all-time leading receiver with 776 receptions for 8,559 yards and 205 touchdowns. He retired as the AFL’s career leader with 20,587 all-purpose yards and is part of the league’s 15th anniversary team.

At UNLV, Cooper was a two-time all Big West Conference selection.

Cooper was also an assistant at Bishop Gorman before Canyon Springs opened in 2004.

He is the in-house suspension teacher at Canyon Springs.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected].

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