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Top High School Assistants Around the Nation (Part II)
by: Jamie DeMoney
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In the last issue, we profiled 10 of the top assistant coaches in prep football from the East. This issue, we take a look at 10 more from the Western half of the U.S.

1. Wayne Cichon, DC, Colgan (Pittsburg, KN): Has helped coach Chuck Smith win five state titles with four runner-up finishes in 23 years. The Panthers won 66 straight games from 1999-2004. Cichon has also coached Colgan to four state titles in basketball.

2. Greg Clough, DC, Minnetonka (MN): Clough spent time as a Division I-AA and II assistant before joining the high school ranks. The Skippers are 28-7 with a 5A state championship the last three seasons with Clough and head coach Dave Nelson.

3. Randy Huff, DC, Ponderosa (Parker, CO): The Mustangs were 5A state champions in 2003 with Huff leading the defense. In February, he was named successor to retiring head coach Jamie Woodruff.

4. Bret Johnson, OC, Mission Viejo (CA): The former UCLA and Michigan St. quarterback has teamed up with father Bob to lead the Diablos to 67 wins in their last 69 games with three CIF titles. He helped groom ’04 Parade magazine national player of the year QB Mark Sanchez (USC).

5. Sergio Muniz, OC, Clovis West (Fresno, CA): Muniz and head coach Jim Hartigan helped develop Carson Palmer (USC) and Chris Rix (Florida St.) at Santa Margarita HS before moving to Clovis West in ’03. The Golden Eagles won a CIF championship in ’04 with an offensive attack that averaged over 350 total yards per game.

6. Manny Palomarez, DC, Hamilton (Chandler, AZ): Has helped the Huskies to a 40-3 record with two 5A state championships in three seasons. Hamilton’s first-team defense allowed only 3 points total during the ’05 regular season.

7. Todd Quick, DC, Lufkin (TX): The Arkansas native has helped coach John Outlaw make Lufkin one of the most consistently excellent teams in Texas over the last decade. Class 5A/II state champs in ’01, the Panthers have reached at least round three of the playoffs every season this decade.

8. Steve Spavital, DC, Tulsa (OK) Union: The Redskins won three 6A state titles in four years under outgoing head coach Bill Blankenship and Spavital. Blankenship was Spavital’s OC when he was head coach at Sapulpa in the ‘80s.

9. Ron Wilford, DC, Moorpark (CA): A great motivator and teacher, he engineered an undersized defense that held seven of 14 opponents to 7 points or less and challenged for a CIF title before losing to nationally ranked St. Bonaventure (Ventura).

10. Chris Wood, OC, Springdale (AR): Helped Gus Malzahn (now OC at Arkansas) develop Parade national player of the year QB Mitch Mustain and guide Springdale to a 5A state championship and Top 5 national ranking. Wood was hired to lead Springdale Har-Ber High for its first season of varsity competition next fall. He previously was head coach at Nashville and Shiloh Christian, where he was a combined 39-13-1 with a state championship.

Jamie DeMoney is the editor of


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