After a few days of negotiations, Red Mountain has its new football coach.
Ron Wisniewski, currently the tight ends coach at Princeton, has agreed to head west and pilot the Mountain Lions. Wisniewski replaces Jim Jones, the only coach the school has had in its previous 21 years of existence.
"With Red Mountain I'm going to a high school with a chance to win and win big," Wisniewski said. "It's a school with outstanding administration and community support. With those things you have a chance to win."
Red Mountain athletic director Mike Anderson said Wednesday Wisniewski will meet the team, school and parents sometime in mid-February for his first official meeting as coach. Wisniewski has coached at the college level on the offensive side for the last 21 years and has a couple years experience as a high school coach.
Wisniewski, 45, was single most of his coaching life. He has been married six years to Kelli, and has two small children, Brady and Makenzie. That has worked in part to change his outlook on moving around.
"When I was single it was easier to move around with the nomadic life of coaching," Wisniewski said. "With a family you want to try and be more settled. My wife loves Arizona and I like it , too. We are looking forward to getting there in February, buying a house and getting things started."
With exclusive experience on the offensive side of the ball, Wisniewski says he will bring a multiple offensive approach.
"It's no secret I like to throw the ball, but if I have a quarterback who doesn't throw it well I'm not going to throw it 50 times a game," Wisniewski said. '"We will be multiple. You want to be able to establish the run and be able to stop the run. Personnel will kind of dictate what we do."
Red Mountain's new coach has used Mike Shanahan's offense, the spread, I-power and others at his various college stops.
Wisniewski was at Princeton for one year. Prior to that, he coached wide receivers and coordinated recruiting efforts at Wyoming for six seasons. For three years prior to that, he was the wide receivers and tight ends coach at the University of Montana.
From 1994-99, Wisniewski was the tight ends coach at Northern Colorado, which won Division II national championships in 1996 and '97.
He has also been a running backs coach at Division II East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, an offensive coordinator at Division III Kean College (N.J.), and coached at the high school level in New Jersey for two years after graduating from Rutgers in 1987. His offense at Kean set nine school records in 1992.
Wisniewski has a bachelor of arts degree in astrophysics from Rutgers, a master of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in educational mathematics from Northern Colorado.
Anderson said along with coaching football, W\isniewski will teach math.