Phs Alumnus New Soccer Coach

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Months of searching for a new coach to lead the Payson High School soccer program is finally over.

Former Longhorn three-sport star Byron Quinlan, a 1995 graduate of Payson High School, has accepted the position that has been vacant since former coach Dave Greiner resigned last fall.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Quinlan will be teaching math at his alma mater.

The 24-year-old graduate of Northern Arizona University brings a wealth of athletic experience to his new position.

At Payson High, he was an all-division performer in both football and basketball. He also participated as a middle-distance runner in track and field.

As a four-year letter winner in basketball, he set several school records, including assists in a single game (13). At one time during his career, he held six school hoop standards.

Although he did not play soccer in high school, opting instead for football, Quinlan has played in local youth leagues since he was in first grade. He's also been a longtime player in weekend pick-up adult games at Rumsey Park.

While attending NAU, and doing his student teaching at Coconino High School and Weitzel Elementary, Quinlan coached several youth teams.

The new coach said he's looking forward to the challenges of leading a program and hopes to carry on the winning tradition of the past several seasons.

"I want the kids to enjoy what they are doing, but also realize there will be a lot of hard work," he said.

Quinlan is the son of former Longhorn boys basketball coach and PHS English teacher Jim Quinlan.

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