David Moran, who led Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain to the 4A Conference Grand Canyon Region championship last season, will not be return to his alma mater as football coach and as a teacher.
The Humboldt Unified School District voted not to renew his teaching contract on Tuesday night.
Bradshaw Mountain Athletic Director Mark Ernster passed along a district release to azcentral sports that read:
Our standards of behavior in the Humboldt Unified School District apply to all staff and volunteers. High School interscholastic athletics should be educational in nature. Terms like student-athlete, teacher-coach and educational-athletics should be used in an intentional manner. The administration, staff and community expect the highest standards of excellence to be promoted and modeled with regards to academics, personal growth and athletics. When someone is not meeting these standards, we need to make a change so our students are served by adult models who meet the expectations of our community.
Moran, who will finish out the school year, said that this past fall he received five letters of direction and one letter of reprimand “over some minor issues.”
He said he was told by the school board that the football program was under advisement by the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Dave Hines, assistant executive director of the AIA, said he wasn’t aware of any reports concerning Bradshaw Mountain football.
“My first three years here, there were no letters of direction, and I had good evaluations for teaching and coaching,” Moran said. “To me, it’s a personal issue.
“We had a good four years in a row since I’ve been here. I’m very proud of what I’ve done here. A lot of good things for the kids I’ve done here. We’ve had 13 kids sign athletic scholarships in the last four years. I’m not ashamed of anything.”
Moran is the son of former Bradshaw Mountain coach Steve Moran. David Moran played quarterback and defensive back for his dad at Bradshaw Mountain in the mid-1990s, before going to Oregon State, then Northern Arizona, to play football.
Moran was elevated from defensive coordinator to head coach at Bradshaw Mountain in 2014 and led the Bears to a 23-12 record in three seasons.
Last season, the Bears went 8-3 overall and 6-0 in the Grand Canyon Region. They lost to Peoria 29-24 in the first round of the state playoffs. The Bears reached the playoffs the past three seasons under Moran.
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