Maricopa football coach and district athletic director Cory Nenaber is expected to be named Corona del Sol's new football coach, according to the Maricopa Monitor.
Nenaber didn't immediately return a voice message seeking comment.
In an email Wednesday afternoon, Corona athletic director Dan Nero declined to name any candidates, but said an announcement could happen late Thursday.
Nenaber didn't immediately return a message seeking comment, but the Maricopa football team's booster club also posted a farewell message to Nenaber on its Facebook page.
Any hire would be contingent on Tempe Union School District board approval, which wouldn't occur until its next meeting in mid-January.
In four seasons at Maricopa, Nenaber compiled a 19-22 record, the best coaching tenure's mark at the school in two decades. The Rams went 7-4 - the program's best record in 20 years - and reached the Div. III playoffs in 2012, then went 5-5 in 2013.
Nenaber was a former player at Corona del Sol in the 1990s and was an assistant under longtime Aztecs' coach Gary Venturo in the 2000s before being hired at Maricopa.
Nenaber was among a handful of candidates who interviewed for the position, which became available when Tom Joseph was fired during the regular season. Longtime assistant Tim Kelly was the team's interim coach for the final month of the season as the Aztecs went 3-7, and was believed to be among the candidate interviewed.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or (480) 898-6576.