Haskins resigns football post at Montgomery

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Citing a family situation and time constraints, Montgomery High School football coach Dean Haskins has resigned after serving one season as head coach.

“I’m still trying to come to grips with my decision,” Haskins said on Thursday. “It was difficult to make, but under the circumstances, it’s the right one for my family.”

Dean Haskins oversaw a quick revival of Montgomery's football program in 2013

Dean Haskins oversaw a quick revival of Montgomery’s football program in 2013

Haskins will retain his position as the Vikings’ athletic director and baseball coach.

His first year as football coach was a huge success. Taking over a program that hadn’t had a winning season since 2009, he guided the Vikings to a 10-3 record.

The Vikings tied for second in the North Bay League and made it to the third round of the North Coast Section playoffs before losing to Casa Grande.

“I’m definitely surprised at how quickly we turned things around,” Haskins said. “It took an entire village to change the culture of the Montgomery football program.

“When I took the job, my goal was to set the stage for someone take over long term. Now, I feel the program is set for someone to come in and be successful.”

Haskins took over after Jason Franci retired following Franci’s 33 seasons at the helm. Through the years, Franci established Montgomery as a North Bay power.

“We interviewed candidates to succeed Jason,” Haskins said.  “Finally, I decided to take the position to set up a smooth transition between Jason and a new coach.”

“I had a great group of assistant coaches and I’m hopeful every one of them will be back to work with the new coach. They were a big a part of the turnaround.”

Nineteen of the 45 players on last season’s roster, including quarterback R.J. Flores, will greet the new coach. The remainder of the squad will be filled by players from the junior varsity. That team finished 8-2.

“Dean did an amazing job,” Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog said. “He did Jason Franci proud.

“His guys played the game the right way. They were committed and played hard.

“Dean has every reason to be proud of what he accomplished.”

The school will begin taking applications for the position next week.

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