The hunt for Dave Humphers’ replacement and the new head of the Miners football program is underway, and Nevada Union administrators say they have a strong group of candidates.
Interviews for the vacant head coaching job will take place today, Nevada Union principal Mike Blake said, with potential suitors comprising a mix of local and out-of-town applicants.
Blake said the process was fast tracked and that candidates know there is no job attached to the position.
“We fast tracked the position because we want our kids to know, we want our community to know,” Blake said, “the sooner the better.”
Nevada Union athletic director Steve Pilcher said he hopes to have a coach chosen and in place by the end of the school year.
“The community has been very passionate about expressing who they would like to see in that position, and that’s a good thing,” Pilcher said.
Blake and Pilcher wouldn’t release the names of the applicants, citing personnel matters are confidential.
Whoever does land the job will be stepping into a mighty big fisherman’s cap. At the time of Humphers’ retirement, he had 195 wins to only 57 losses and two ties, four Sac-Joaquin Section championships and 10 league titles.
The new coach will inherit a varsity squad that went 5-6 last season, including a 35-14 postseason loss to Franklin in the first round. The Miners graduated their starting quarterback, two starting running backs and their top wide receiver, as well as their versatile tight end, three starting linebackers and three starting defensive linemen.
The Nevada Union junior varsity squad went 5-5 last season behind its strong running game led by Mo Nieves and Travis Owens. Nieves led the team with 1,635 yards and 21 touchdowns. Owens tallied 1,336 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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