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March 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Archbishop Murphy to hire new football coach

The shakeup in the Archbishop Murphy athletic department continued Thursday.

New athletic director Jerry Zander sent out a press release saying the school is looking for a new football coach. The release doesn’t mention coach Dave Ward specifically, but it does indicate the coach, who was put on administrative leave in January, has been relieved of his coaching duties.

I just talked to Zander and Ward and I’ll have a story in Friday’s paper. Here is the press release in full:

The Athletic Advisory Committee conducted an extensive review of the Archbishop Murphy football program. The review included surveys of current and past coaches, current players and their parents, members of our faculty and staff, and members of the extended AMHS community. While the committee found the program is strong, it also found the need for improvement in areas such as coaching atmosphere, leadership, communication, and serving the mission of the school.

Based on the review and recommendation of our Athletic Advisory Committee, I am moving forward with the hiring of a new head football coach for the Archbishop Murphy program. The new head coach will be charged with continuing to build the program and implement the recommendations of the committee. The coach will have the authority and responsibility for hiring assistant coaches consistent with school hiring policies. I will take the time to find the right coach but also expect to have a coach named by the time students return from Easter Break, if not sooner.

I am looking for a coach who treats his team as a team. Our new head coach will be a clear team leader who communicates well with players and their parents. The coach will understand the mission of the school and how football helps us achieve that mission. Players will be treated fairly and equally. He will hire assistant coaches who are committed to those same expectations.

Archbishop Murphy will continue to be a member of the Cascade Conference and looks forward to competing with some of the best high schools in our area. Members of the 2011 coaching staff who also serve other roles in the school such as faculty or staff will be offered the opportunity to continue in those non-coaching positions.

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