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Goodie: Mesa High coach Hare brings youth, energy to Jackrabbits football

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John R. Goodie is a Gilbert resident and a Mesa MLK committee member.

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014 6:00 pm

If asked the difference between jackrabbits and hares, would you know the answer? I have a gigantic hint for you; they both belong to the lagomorph order of mammals.

Thanks and you’re welcome (LOL).

A Hare will lead the Jackrabbits of Mesa High School onto the football field for the 2014 season. Could this be needed karma for the Rabbits?

Scott Hare was selected earlier this year as the successor to coach Kelley Moore, who resigned after seven years as Mesa’s head coach and took the head job at Buckeye High School. Coach Hare hails from the Bay area, a graduate of San Jose State University, with three head coaching jobs under his belt — Stevenson High in Pebble Beach, Calif., Anderson High, Redding, Calif., and the last eight years at Spanish Springs High School in Nevada.

Coach Hare brings his young family, wife Lisa and three young children — Lauren, 10, Peyton, 8, and Allie, 4 — to Mesa with hopes of retrieving a struggling program that hasn’t made postseason play since 2009 when it lost to Hamilton High School in the state championship finals. Coach Hare follows in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps as football coaches and grew up in many locker rooms, always loving being around players and coaches. He has always been about the three “D’s” — Desire, Dedication and Discipline — which he believes are the three components of a strong academic and athletic foundation.

He said if young people embrace these attributes in their hearts, they should be able to motivate themselves in accomplishing their personal and academic goals to become winners in every aspect of life. He looks forward to bringing these qualities into the classrooms and ultimately overflowing onto the community, resulting in students achieving their dreams and aspirations upon leaving Mesa High and beyond.

I’ve been a volunteer football coach at Mesa High since 1994, now approaching my 20th year, and I just love being on the sidelines as the “Get Back Coach” on game nights. I’ve got Friday night fever in my blood and been blessed to be associated with wonderful men of character and conviction who served as head football coaches at Mesa High, Bill McKane and Kelley Moore; men that not only care about football and winning but most importantly about the kids, families and futures. To be honest, from what I’ve seen and the times I’ve spent around Coach Hare, he indeed fits that caliber. The Jackrabbits have a young coach full of energy, ideas and surprises who relates extremely well with his players and coaching staff. Heck, just watching and listening to him instruct on the gridiron gets my adrenaline revved up and I want to strap the pads back on again and wreak havoc!

I have to remind myself that I’m 62 years old and my glory days are long gone, but Hake does bring out that fighting gladiator mentality out of me. Every summer, the football team travels in July to cooler weather for camp, be it Snowflake, Show Low or Pinetop-Lakeside for practice, bonding and reflections. However, this summer’s camp was at Camp Tontozona — yes, ASU’s training facilities. Now how cool was that? A new location, new experiences under a new coach as the Rabbits prepare to do some great things this season.

To the thousands of Mesa High alumni, I believe we’ve got a “winner in town,” so please join me in welcoming Coach Scott Hare who values, respects and vows to uphold that proud tradition of Mesa High School to “Carry On.”

If you’d like to send Coach Hare a message of welcome and support, email sjhare@mpsaz.org.

• John Goodie is a Mesa park ranger and volunteer football coach. He lives in Gilbert. Contact him at jrgoodie@peoplepc.com.

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