Desert Mountain opted Wednesday to select former Chaparral High assistant Tony Tabor as its next head football coach, athletic director Steve Harris said.
Tabor, 36, an assistant at Chaparral for six seasons and last year an assistant at North Canyon, takes over for John Burke who resigned in December. Tabor hopes to bring his experiences from those programs to help the Wolves become a force in 5A football.
‘‘I've had a chance to work for two great head coaches who have won state championships,’’ Tabor said, referring to Chaparral's Ron Estabrook and North Canyon's Brian Cole. "I've been fortunate in that. I think I've learned some ways to try and turn things around for Desert Mountain.’’
Tabor, who currently teaches at Chaparral, served as a defensive line coach at Chaparral from 1999-2004 and helped with special teams. He left to take an assistant position in 2005 at North Canyon, which won its first ever football title at the 5A Division II level, the same level Desert Mountain will compete at this fall.
‘‘I always knew I wanted to be a head coach,’’ Tabor said. ‘‘Coach Estabrook stayed longer at Chaparral than I thought he would, and I thought that if the Desert Mountain job opened up that would be the first place I'd want to go. I've kept plugging along hoping for an opportunity.’’
Tabor has that opportunity. It will be a challenge. He is the fourth head coach at the school this decade (and in the last seven years). All have held the reins at least a year in this decade — Steve Belles, Craig Cobley, Burke and now Tabor.
‘‘I was really excited for about 30 seconds after I found out I had the job,’’
Tabor said. ‘‘Then I thought about how much work is ahead. I'm anxious, and I know it won't be easy. I'm looking forward to it.’’
Harris said Desert Mountain is pleased to have Tabor coming on board. He will move over to teach and coach at Desert Mountain.
‘‘He's been around winning programs and is a local guy,’’ Harris said. ‘‘We've
heard great things about him. All that made him attractive to our program.’’