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  • Colorado Mesa Job

    What’s the latest on this one?

  • #2
    In a GJ Sentinel story from a week ago or so they reported that are 70 applicants. It should be completed by this next week with signing day quickly approaching.

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    • #3
      Situation is eerily similar to Colorado losing Mel Tucker. While I like Karl Dorrell, he has a major mountain to climb, and kids are jumping ship. Mesa will miss a whole recruiting class, and is STILL not fully funded. They better go big with a hire, or they will be mediocre at best for a while. If I'm the players, I'm pretty pissed right now.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by whodat View Post
        Situation is eerily similar to Colorado losing Mel Tucker. While I like Karl Dorrell, he has a major mountain to climb, and kids are jumping ship. Mesa will miss a whole recruiting class, and is STILL not fully funded. They better go big with a hire, or they will be mediocre at best for a while. If I'm the players, I'm pretty pissed right now.
        I wonder what mines is doing with their open HC position. It seems like it's been quiet there too.

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        • #5
          RMAC schools keep quiet about HC's until they sign them. Always been that way.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Packfootball View Post
            RMAC schools keep quiet about HC's until they sign them. Always been that way.
            Gotta wait for the FBS/FCS carrousels to stop spinning. An RMAC head coach could likely get paid more as a position coach or coordinator at a larger school, gotta find the right person who wants to do things their way with limited resources.

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            • #7
              Some pretty interesting information from GJ Sentinel:

              Colorado Mesa could have its next football coach hired by Saturday night, with a couple of the five finalists very familiar names in the Grand Valley.

              Miles Kochevar, a standout athlete at Fruita Monument High School and later at Colorado State University, is one of five finalists to replace Tremaine Jackson, who resigned earlier this month after two seasons to become the head coach at Valdosta State (Georgia).

              Kochevar is currently the defensive coordinator at RMAC rival CSU-Pueblo and has built a reputation as an outstanding young coach.

              Darrin Chiaverini, the former offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado, was a finalist, Robin Brown, the CMU Foundation CEO and chair of the search committee, confirmed Wednesday morning to The Daily Sentinel. Later in the day, Chiaverini withdrew his name from consideration. Sources said Chiaverini, who was fired as CU’s offensive coordinator in late November, has been approached about NFL coaching positions.

              That Chiaverini applied was a coup for Colorado Mesa, but name recognition aside, Brown said each candidate is highly qualified and the goal is to find the right long-term fit for the program.

              “I want to stress that we have a couple of priorities in the person that we’re looking for, but someone that’s going to stay is important to us. ... We are very committed to finding someone who wants to be here for a long time,” Brown said. “We need the stability for our program. We have students, we have football players that this will be their third coach in four years and I think that’s President (John) Marshall’s focus.

              “I think those kids feel a little beat up and they’d like some continuity in their program.”

              Jeromy McDowell, who was a CMU assistant from 2014-17, the final two years as offensive coordinator, will be back on the Western Slope to interview. McDowell ran the offense in CMU’s most recent appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs, in 2016.

              Two more men with extensive Division I coaching experience, David Schramm, a former assistant coach at Utah State and Weber State, and Oliver Soukup, the assistant head coach at New Mexico State, are also coming for in-person interviews.

              Brown is waiting for permission from the fifth candidate, another coach in the RMAC, to release that he is a finalist.

              The search committee conducted Zoom calls with 10 candidates Monday and Tuesday and then debated on who to bring to campus. CMU received about 100 applications for the position, which has a posted salary range of $100,000-125,000.

              “The committee had very robust and great discussions and really, all of our candidates have very different strengths,” Brown said. “Every time we tried to cut someone, we just felt like we were cutting someone with good potential. We were trying to get it to four and just couldn’t do it.”

              Brown said the search committee believed all of the finalists were worth bringing to campus for face-to-face interviews with not only the committee, but Marshall, CMU’s athletic staff, and former and current players.

              They’ll be on campus during a busy athletic weekend, with the wrestling team’s annual “Battle in Brownson” tonight against CSU-Pueblo and the basketball teams hosting rivals Fort Lewis and Western Colorado on Friday and Saturday. Saturday is billed as “Blizzard in Brownson,” with fans asked to participate in a white-out night.

              During the Zoom interviews, each candidate was asked specifically about his desire to build a program in Grand Junction for the long run.

              “People are kind of honest, (saying) I want to be there and build a program and ultimately do hope for a better opportunity down the road,” Brown said. “Some have been very open about the fact that they’ve come from DI backgrounds and have moved their families, most of them have young kids, and coaches say, I want my kids to go to the same school and we want to stabilize our family for some amount of time. We have guys at the end of their careers and this is their last job and they’ll retire from this if given the opportunity.

              “… The truth is, if anyone builds a really, really strong program at CMU, they’re going to get offers. I think we know that … again, the thing about having all their kids go through one school resonates; those that are from here, coming back to be near family, that resonates.”

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              • #8
                The Mavs hire Miles Kochevar. I like Miles, he's a guy the players really like. Being a HC is different than being an assistant, so he has his work cut out. But he won't cut and run like Jackson. Gotta get some great and innovative assistants, Miles. Congrats!

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                • #9
                  https://cmumavericks.com/news/2022/1...all-coach.aspx

                  Whodat....you beat me to it on the post.

                  I'd suggest just about any D2 coach would "cut and run" if they were offered a top program nationally in D2 like Valdosta.

                  Moving to Coach Kochevar....since he's got plenty of history in Colorado and knows the league from his time at CSUP, seems like an easy fit locally..and being able to continue things defensively.

                  As you mentioned, it'll be interesting to see what staff he hires. Good to see they got this done before Wednesday.

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                  • #10
                    As an alum that's still living in the community and following the team closely I gotta say, I'm ecstatic about this hire! I was a part of Mesa's most recent championship and playoff team and we were able to do the things we did because we were all Colorado kids that were developed. I believe Miles will excel in recruiting and based on his resume he clearly has the coaching chops to get the most out of guys. The community aspect is huge too! Having those connections and being able to get the entire Western Slope behind the Mavs as well as previous generations of players is going to be key to getting that funding up to par. On paper at least, he checks all of those boxes for me.

                    All in all, I'm super excited for this new era of Mavs football!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Matt Witwicki View Post
                      https://cmumavericks.com/news/2022/1...all-coach.aspx


                      I'd suggest just about any D2 coach would "cut and run" if they were offered a top program nationally in D2 like Valdosta.

                      We see things differently. Jackson and Mel Tucker left because they could go where the road is less bumpy. I have a lot more respect for a guy like Jas Bains who has put in the blood, sweat and tears to bring Western back to prominence. Bob Stitt did that at Mines. Gregg Brandon could have left Mines for something more "elite", but he chose to make a good program very, very good. Bill McCartney could have left Colorado but was eventually rewarded for staying the course. Today, things are different for a lot of people. But in the end, how do you teach kids - 99.9% of whom will not play beyond college - how to persist in tough times or deal with difficult issues when you leave before a job is done? Just my opinion.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by whodat View Post

                        We see things differently. Jackson and Mel Tucker left because they could go where the road is less bumpy. I have a lot more respect for a guy like Jas Bains who has put in the blood, sweat and tears to bring Western back to prominence. Bob Stitt did that at Mines. Gregg Brandon could have left Mines for something more "elite", but he chose to make a good program very, very good. Bill McCartney could have left Colorado but was eventually rewarded for staying the course. Today, things are different for a lot of people. But in the end, how do you teach kids - 99.9% of whom will not play beyond college - how to persist in tough times or deal with difficult issues when you leave before a job is done? Just my opinion.
                        Well said whodat. Based on how CMU travelled to Gunnison it didn't look like there was much buy in the GJ community with Jackson. That'll change with Kochevar. Hash tags don't work if you don't mean it.

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                        • #13
                          Next man up for Pueblo DC? Herman Smith or no?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ccmoney8 View Post
                            Next man up for Pueblo DC? Herman Smith or no?
                            He’s the new run game coordinator, Suiaunoa is the new DC

                            https://gothunderwolves.com/news/202...assistant.aspx

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                            • #15
                              Looks like Mesa got a new OC

                              https://sentinelcolorado.com/sports/...sa-university/

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