Dobson High School girls basketball coach Frank Campos has been asked not to return after 20 seasons guiding the program.
Athletic director Rick Fultz chose not to comment on Campos’ exit as coach. Sources familiar with the situation indicated parental pressure influenced the decision.
Campos was 320-204 in his tenure at Dobson, including state runner-up finishes in 1990 and 2001. Dobson was eliminated from the state tournament in the first round this past season and posted a 19-9 record. The Mustangs finished second in the 5A East Valley Region behind Red Mountain, and Campos was voted the region’s coach of the year.
Among other prominent vacancies recently filled at East Valley high schools:
• Desert Mountain filled its boys and girls basketball openings and its girls volleyball vacancy.
The Wolves’ new boys basketball coach is Todd Fazio, an assistant most recently at Horizon High who had previously coached in Iowa.
The girls basketball coach is former Arcadia coach Dick Donahue, who left the Titans’ program this past spring. Donahue will be the school’s third coach in the past year and a half.
Former Chaparral standout Amanda Burbridge, who coached at Phoenix North Canyon last season, takes over as Desert Mountain’s girls volleyball coach.
• Mountain Pointe chose freshman baseball coach Brandon Buck to replace the retired Roger LeBlanc at the varsity level.
Also at Mountain Pointe, the new girls soccer coach should be familiar to Ahwatukee folks. Former Desert Vista girls coach Kirk Nelson will take over after serving one season as an assistant at Washington State. Nelson guided Desert Vista to several good seasons and state playoff berths before leaving for the college ranks after the 2003-04 school year.
In addition, Pride boys track coach Karl Kiefer decided to step down from that post and will concentrate solely on football.
• Skyline hired assistant softball coach Jim Faul to replace Bill Roberts as coach. Faul has served with various programs at the school for the past four years, including football assistant.
• Dobson hired Steve Tannenbaum to replace wrestling coach Greg Dayoob. Tannenbaum is the school’s third wrestling coach in the last four years.