PDPreps Insider: More schools seek football coaches

Lobos head coach Madison Lott shouts words of encouragement to his players during a preseason practice in August. (PD File, 2014)

Lobos head coach Madison Lott shouts words of encouragement to his players during a preseason practice in August. (PD File, 2014)

’Tis the season of turnover in prep high school football.

Both Santa Rosa and Elsie Allen are looking for head coaches after the departures of Dave Duncan and Madison Lott, respectively.

The Panthers went 1-6 in the North Bay League in the fall. It was Duncan’s third year at the helm.

Elsie Allen was 0-6 in Sonoma County League play in their second season with Lott as head coach. Lott also serves as athletic director and boys basketball coach at Elsie Allen.

The openings are in addition to the head coaching vacancy at Windsor High, where officials announced in December they would not retain Vic Amick.

College-bound Gauchos

Casa Grande football players Matt Abramo and Casey Longaker have verbally accepted scholarships and will make it official by signing next Wednesday. Abramo has committed to Washington State, Longaker to Sacramento State.

Abramo, a kicker, made 10 of 12 field goals in 2014 with the longest from 46 yards. He also connected on 23 of 24 extra points and averaged 36.8 yards on his punts.

Longaker had an outstanding year on offense and defense. He ran for nine touchdowns and was credited with 84 solo tackles while assisting on 33 others.

Colleges eye Rancho WR

Even though he’s only a junior, Rancho Cotate receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha is getting plenty of interest from Division I colleges. He’s been contacted by Boise State, Louisville, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State and Washington State.

Ed Conroy, his coach at Rancho, thinks Taylor-Yamanoha has the skills to play at the next level.

“He’s really talented,” Conroy said. “His best football is in front of him. I’m sure he’ll have more offers to consider.”

Taylor-Yamanoha, who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 180, caught 70 passes for 845 yards last season for the Cougars. Fifteen of those catches went for touchdowns.

Pumas need tennis coaches

Bob Harbaugh, the girls tennis coach at Maria Carrillo, is walking away from the position after 18 years.

“My schedule is so full,” he said. “I had to cut back on something and after a lot of thought, I decided to give up coaching tennis.”

Harbaugh took over the program when the school opened and through the years, his teams posted a 243-77 record.

The Pumas won the NBL title five times and finished second six other years.

Carrillo is also looking for a boys tennis coach for the upcoming season. Those wishing to apply should contact Jerry Deakins at the school (528-5790). Practice begins Feb. 9.

Kerry Benefield and Howard Senzell contributed to this report.