Desert Mountain football coach Craig Cobley told his team Monday that he plans to resign at the end of this season.
Cobley, who replaced Glendale Mountain Ridge coach Steve Belles as the Wolves head coach three years ago, declined comment.
"Right now I’m focusing on Horizon and St. Mary’s and after the season we’ll talk about all that," Cobley said.
According to players, Cobley said he was no longer having fun coaching due to a number of stressful events around the program. That included the death of a player in an automobile accident just days before the start of preseason practice.
"Quite frankly, he’s experienced a lot of things that most coaches don’t have to go through," senior receiver Mike Christensen said. "I feel pretty bad for coach because I don’t think he should have to go out this way (not having fun) after all he’s done for us."
Most recently, Cobley has had to deal with the departure last week of offensive coordinator Shalon Baker. Baker was not on the sideline during last Friday’s 43-7 loss to Phoenix Brophy.
Cobley declined comment on Baker and Desert Mountain players said they were not sure of the reason for the coach’s departure.
"We saw some frustration, but it was handled privately," senior quarterback Garrett Moore said.
Youth will be well represented on the girls side of this weekend’s 4A state swim meet at Arizona State University’s Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.
There were 13 winning regional times posted last week by freshmen, including Cactus Shadows’ Jaclyn Puschak (200 and 500 freestyles) at the Desert Sky regional, Pinnacle’s Danielle Milligan (200 individual medley, 500 freestyle) at the Wells Fargo regional, and Tucson Catalina Foothills’ Molly Houlton (200 freestyle, 200 IM) at the Kino-Sonoron regional.
Regional event winners received an automatic berth to the state meet.
Other freshman regional winners were Chaparral’s Kelly Forrester (50 freestyle), Arcadia’s Katherine Pickard (500 freestyle), Goodyear Millennium’s Michelle Ferro (100 breaststroke), Phoenix Thunderbird’s Katherine Raatz (100 butterfly), Pinnacle’s Abigail Zepeda (diving), Catalina Foothills’ Susana Helms (500 freestyle) and Tucson Rincon’s Noelle Miesfeld (500 freestyle).
HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN
Four East Valley studentathletes have been selected as state finalists for the 10th annual Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
Desert Mountain’s Garrett Moore, Gilbert’s Daniel Sullivan, Westwood’s Kathryn Abbott and Mountain View’s Rachel Christensen are among 20 Arizona boys and girls who have been named finalists for the award.
One male and one female athlete from each state will be selected state winners on Nov. 5. The national winner will be announced Dec. 14 at an awards
ceremony televised on ESPN2.
- Correspondent Jim Richards contributed to this report.