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September 18, 2014

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Western football gets new coach, jobs open at Bonanza and Rancho

Chaparral High coach Donnie Davis.

Chaparral High coach Donnie Davis.

Add two more programs to the local high school football coaching carousel.

At Western High, Fernando Carmona stepped down last week following three seasons with the Warriors and a 4-22 record. Last year, Western had to forfeit its final three games after a hazing incident depleted the roster to suspension.

He’ll be replaced by Donnie Davis, the former Chaparral coach who is coaching track at Mojave. Ironically, Davis took over for Carmona at Chaparral after the 2008 season. Davis posted a 1-18 record at Chaparral in two seasons before leaving after the 2010 season.

“When Western opened, what I thought about, was the challenge of trying to turn the program around,” Davis said. “I feel I relate well to the type of kid over there. I’m just trying to give them some direction and some guidance for success.”

At Rancho High, coach Elvin Dick is stepping away after four seasons. He had a 15-26 record and twice guided the Rams to the Sunrise Regional quarterfinals. No replacement has been announced.

Bonanza High is still looking for a head coach after Shawn Dupris resigned to take over the program at Damonte Rancho High in Reno.

Earlier this offseason, Matt Gerber was hired at Durango High to replace Gary Maki; Brad Talich took over for Lance Cooper at Coronado High; and Chris Sawyers became Virgin Valley’s coach.

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