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Running Log Of Idaho HS Football Coaching Changes
Published: 4/19/2018 12:38:44 PM

Check back throughout the spring and summer to monitor updates from around the state.

Including first year program Thunder Ridge in Idaho Falls, 20 schools have posted jobs or hired for head football coaching positions for the 2018 season (as of April 20). 

We expect a few more changes as the summer gets closer, which we will continue to update moving forward with any new information.

Below you will see all of the changes that have been announced so far.

New Weiser Coach Tom Harrison
Photo By: Steve Conner

American Falls
Previous: Jim Giulio
New: Cory Hollingsworth

Sven's Notes: After just one season on the sideline for the Beavers, Giulio departs with a 2-6 record. Giulio also coached the American Falls wrestling program for 22 years and is stepping down from that position as well. Hollingsworth was previously the athletic director at West Jefferson and head football coach at Aberdeen, where he coached from 2001-2012. After turning around the fortunes of the school 15 minutes to the north, he now hopes to achieve the same task for the Beavers.

Previous: Adam Mapp
New: TBD

Sven's Notes: The Cascade School District has posted its head varsity football coaching position, meaning the Ramblers will be looking for a new man on the sidelines following four seasons under Mapp. Times have been tough on the field lately for Cascade, with the Ramblers going 5-24 during Mapp's four years.

Previous: Rich Davis
New: Jon Hellmandollar

Sven's Notes: Former Boise State University running back Jon Hellmandollar takes over on the sidelines for the Wildcats as the school drops down to the 4A classification this season. He has made a previous coaching stop in Idaho at Wendell, taking the Trojans to the playoffs in two of his three years. In three seasons at Columbia, Davis went 6-21, improving the win total each year.

Previous: Dan Shumway
New: Randy Nichols

Sven's Notes: Following 18 seasons and a state championship in 2006, Dan Shumway will give way to a new coach for the upcoming campaign. The Lumberjacks experienced many great heights under Shumway, including the state title and former 'Jack Matt Paradis making it to the NFL and winning a Super Bowl. Nichols was announced the new football coach for the Lumberjacks in late April. He has previously been an assistant on the staff.

Previous: Zane Hines
New: Rich Hargitt

Sven's Notes: Emmett interim head coach Zane Hines filled in admirably after the departure of Mike Schroeder in 2017, leading the Huskies to a 6-4 record and a state playoff appearance. Taking over for a team which was within a touchdown in each of its losses a season ago is run-pass-option guru Rich Hargitt, who comes to Emmett from Eastside High School in Taylors, S.C.

Previous: Mark Kress
New: Joe Keeney

Sven's Notes: Already holding the roles of principal and superintendent, Mark Kress has taken one thing off of his plate as he steps down as the head football coach at Hagerman. Kress won a state title in 2013, going 36-24 overall in six seasons. Keeney, 72, was previously the head boys basketball coach for the Pirates, meaning there will be plenty of familiarity with him amongst the team.

Previous: Jeff Marshall
New: Kevin Meyer

Sven's Notes: With the opening of the new Thunder Ridge High School in District 93, Jeff Marshall heads from Hillcrest to Thunder Ridge. In five seasons for the Knights, Marshall went 20-25 overall. The school has not made the playoffs since 2011. New head man Kevin Meyer enters from Beatrice High School in Nebraska. He has 35 years of coaching experience, highlighted by 24 as a head coach. 

Previous: Matt Tillotson
New: TBD

Sven's Notes: Matt Tillotson was instrumental in helping lead Mackay football back from a JV schedule to a state playoff appearance last year. The head varsity football coaching position is posted for Mackay however, meaning they will be looking for a new man to lead the way this time around. In his two seasons, Tillotson went 4-2 against a JV schedule and 2-5 at the varsity level.

Previous: Rick Driessen
New: Kory Kay

Sven's Notes: Rick Driessen and the Dragons were not able to win a game in his two seasons on the sideline for the Dragons, as the squad went 0-16. Enter Kory Kay, most recently an assistant at Filer, who has also previously been an assistant at West Jefferson.

Previous: Porter Lacey
New: Mike Virden

Sven's Notes: Following the resignation of Porter Lacey after four years and a 19-30 mark last fall, Meridian will welcome in a very familiar face in former head coach Mike Virden. A former Boise State quarterback, Virden led the Warriors to a 28-15 record in his first stint. 

Previous: Tim Perrigot
New: Keelan McCaffery

Sven's Notes: Perrigot leaves the sidelines for the administration building at Wendell, where he takes over as superintendent. It will be near impossible to recreate what the outgoing coach has done in 21 seasons, including a state runner-up finish last year and 14 playoff appearances in the last 15 years. Former Spartan Keelan McCaffery will be the new guy in charge for Minico. McCaffery was a linebacker from 2011-2014 at Idaho State. 

Previous: Sam Crockett
New: Joe Woodland

Sven's Notes: In four seasons at Notus, Sam Crockett led the Pirates to a 22-17 record and three trips to the state playoffs. Joe Woodland brings a familiar last name to the football program, having played under current athletic director Tim Dranginis. His wife, Trista, is also the current volleyball coach for the Pirates.

Previous: Cliff Dudley
New: TBD

Sven's Notes: In two seasons on the sideline for Potlatch, Dudley went 1-16, including having to forfeit each of the last two games to end 2017. The Loggers have battled some numbers issues, so hopefully the next coach has some depth at their disposal to get the program headed in the right direction.

Previous: Nick Hyde
New: TBD

Sven's Notes: Hyde resigned from the position of head football coach at Preston after a 9-44 record in six seasons. The Indians have not made a playoff appearance since 2011, with the school entering a new-look ten team conference for the upcoming academic year.

Raft River
Previous: Brian Poole
New: TBD

Sven's Notes: One of the better guys in Idaho high school football, Poole will be heading to Mesquite, Nev. to coach at Virgin Valley High School. His departure leaves a void for the Trojans both on the hardwood and on the gridiron, meaning Randy Spaeth will be working some extra hours to fill coaching positions for the upcoming year. 

Previous: George Yarno Jr.
New: Ryan Knowles

Sven's Notes: In two seasons, Yarno Jr. took the Bulldogs to the playoffs each year, with a 7-13 record overall. He resigned citing personal reasons. Sandpoint has made four consecutive trips to the state playoffs. Knowles, a 1997 Sandpoint graduate, played football collegiately at Idaho and has worked as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Colgate University for the past 12 years.

Soda Springs
Previous: Cliff Garbett
New: TBD

Sven's Notes: The Cardinals won one game in each of the three seasons Garbett was on the sideline, resulting in a 3-23 record overall. Whoever the new head coach ends up being will look to lead Soda Springs to its first winning season since 2013.

Thunder Ridge
Previous: First Year School
New: Jeff Marshall

Sven's Notes: After going 20-25 in five seasons at Hillcrest, Marshall will look to kick-start some early success for the brand new program at Thunder Ridge. The Titans will participate in 5A District 5-6 with Madison, Rigby and Highland.

Previous: Bob Johnson
New: TBD

Sven's Notes: Following a memorable 10-1 season last year and second place finish in the state, Bob Johnson is taking a step back this season and will no longer be the head football coach for Tri-Valley. Johnson plans to stay involved with the program however, something Titans fans have to be thrilled about. There is a board meeting at the end of April where decisions will be made on the position.

Previous: John Srholec Jr.
New: Tom Harrison

Sven's Notes: There is no question that Weiser hit a home run with this hire. It's hard to argue against a coach who has one ring for each of his fingers from previous stops on the Idaho football coaching trail. Harrison has ten state titles from his time at Pocatello (1), Snake River (8) and Raft River (1). The streak of 54 consecutive wins amassed during his time at Snake River is the longest streak in Idaho history. Harrison replaces another long-time head coach in Srholec Jr., who went 106-83 with 17 playoff appearances in 19 years. 

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