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Report: Chaparral’s Ragle headed to U of A

Posted by on December 20, 2011 – 12:02 pm

After weeks of speculation, Chaparral coach Charlie Ragle is headed to the University of Arizona as an administrative assistant with new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez.

This according to a story on the Arizona Daily Star website.

According to Arizona’s athletic website, Ragle will be the assistant director of football operations and a liaison for high school relations.

Ragle didn’t immediately return a voice mail seeking comment, but told the Daily Star:  “For me and my career, this is the next step,” Ragle said. “I certainly have a lot of goals and aspirations personally and professionally and to do that, this is the next step,” and that his job description “will be clearly defined over the next few weeks as we sit down and iron those things out,” he sad.

“I want to go out there and do whatever it takes to help them win. A piece of that will be to help build a relationship with the Arizona (high school) coaches,” he told the Daily Star. “Hopefully, with my relationships with these guys over the last 10 years, I can help make it a quicker transition. We want to make it a priority to keep the best kids in Arizona, and to get them to come to the University of Arizona.”

A former assistant in New Mexico, as well as Chaparral, Phoenix Moon Valley, and with Dirk Koetter at Arizona State, Ragle had been the Firebirds coach the past five years since he replaced longtime coach Ron Estabrook in 2007. Ragle was 63-7 at Chaparral and led the Firebirds to three consecutive state championships (5A Division II and the new Division II), including this season.

He recently announced plans for Chaparral to move up to Division I during the next two-year scheduling block beginning in 2013-2014.  It’s not immediately known if that plan will continue.

When Rodriguez was hired a couple weeks, he spoke of the need to have staff with Arizona high school ties.

“It always helps to have a couple guys, whether they are on-field positions or off-field positions, that know the state, that know the area, that know where the bodies are buried and the traps are laid,” Rodriguez told the Tribune last Tuesday.

It’s not immediately known which direction Chaparral will go in filling Ragle’s job, though current offensive coordinator Dave Huffine is one logical “successor” to replace Ragle. Both were assistants under Estabrook and at Moon Valley together. Both were candidates for the Chaparral job given to Ragle before the 2007 season.

Another is former defensive coordinator Conrad Hamilton, who left after the 2010 season to become the coach at Phoenix North Canyon.

Either way, there will be no shortage of candidates from the Valley or out-of-state who apply.

Chaparral would be the fifth coaching open this winter in the East Valley, along with Combs, Dobson, Gilbert and Westwood.

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