Former Payson Coach Joins Legendary Kush In Coach Clinic

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An ex-Payson High School coach will soon be reunited with his former collegiate coach.

Dan Dunn, Longhorn coach from 1992 to 1995, will join forces with former Arizona State University coach Frank Kush to help conduct a clinic for high school and youth coaches today (Friday) and Saturday at the Arizona Cardinals practice facility in Tempe.

Dunn, now a coach at state champion Mesa Red Mountain, played for Kush during the heyday of the Sun Devils in the early 1960s.

Also on the clinic staff will be Arizona State University coach Dirk Koetter, Arizona Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis, Tempe High School coach Tim McBurney, former Mesa College coach Jim Ewan and others.

The clinic is sponsored by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame, Interscholastic Association and Arizona Cardinals.

The 15-hour clinic was developed by the foundation and National Football League to elevate the quality of coaching in prep and youth programs.

"It's for anyone who wants to improve their level of coaching," Kush said.

Much of the clinic time will be devoted to on-the-field demonstrations in the proper techniques of blocking and tackling. In the classroom, clinicians will teach the fundamentals of offense, defense, special teams and coaching philosophy.

"Life skills, conditioning and officiating also will be covered," Kush said.

Hours for the clinic are 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The registration fee is $40, which includes a coaching manual, interactive CD-ROM, two meals and a competition certificate.

According to Kush, college credit through Chapman College can be obtained for an addition $55.

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