Four New Head Coaches Hired By School Board


The Payson School Board — at a special meeting on May 24 — officially hired four new head coaches at Payson High School. Scott Novak will coach baseball, Casey Woodall wrestling, Byron Quinlan football and Amy Wilcox girls soccer.

Novak will take over for Jerry Daniels whose teaching position was eliminated last month in a Reduction in Force (RIF) at the high school.

Woodall, a native of Morenci, who has been head coach at Benson for the past four years, replaces Travis Koppenhafer, who resigned in the spring to take an assistant coaching position at his alma mater, Adams State College.

Quinlan, a PHS graduate takes the football reins from Matt Mayo, who resigned as a coach and teacher to return to the Valley.

Wilcox, also a PHS graduate and daughter of former Longhorn basketball coach and Rim Country Middle School PE teacher Randy Wilcox, is a former Lady Longhorn three-sport star.

She takes over after Joe Schmidt resigned at the conclusion of the fall 2009 season.

Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament set

The scramble tournament, which is open to all amateur golfers, tees off at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12 with a shotgun start at Payson Golf Course

The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.

“We need as many players as possible because the money is for the kids,” tournament director Gary Cordell said.

Proceeds benefit the Payson High School football team and fund a college scholarship in Morris’ name.

The tournament golf committee is currently accepting other raffle prizes and hole sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible and a tax ID number is available.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway or Payson Golf Course.

The deadline is June 10 or after 110 golfers register. For more information about the tournament, call Cordell at (928) 474-4401 or (928) 970-1584.

Volleyball camp

Coach Arnold Stonebrink and his staff will host a junior volleyball camp July 1 and 2 in Wilson Dome and old PHS gymnasium.

Sessions will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The camp is open to all student-athletes entering fifth- to ninth-grade next school year. The fee is $30 per player.

The camp is co-sponsored by the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call Joseph Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.

Calling all campers

Lady Longhorn coach Kelly Krieg and several of her varsity players will share their court expertise with aspiring players.

They will do so June 11 and 12 at the inaugural Lady Horn Basketball Camp for players entering the third- through eighth-grades.

Two-a-day sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. in Wilson Dome.

Participants will learn basic skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and moving without the ball.

Of course, anyone who watched Krieg coach last season knows she will undoubtedly include sportsmanship and character building in the camp curriculum. There will also be some fun games and scrimmages.

The registration fee is $30 and sign-up can be completed at: or by calling (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.


frederick franz 6 years, 7 months ago

Incredible, we lay off 17 teachers and hire 4 new coaches! Our high school kids do not need to be trained to play games of baseball, football, etc. The class hour of physical education can be used for calisthenics which do not require special apparatus. Just because the tax override went through, it doesn't mean that schools should go crazy with spending!


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