Who’s your new DHS football coach?

Come help decide; Demons’ forum will interview their final four today

Durango High School has narrowed its head football coach search to four candidates: Finalists Casey Doss, Travis Jackson, Robert Schafer and Scott Schultz will participate in a community forum at the DHS auditorium at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Community members, parents and players are invited to attend, and each candidate will have 25 minutes to answer audience questions, according to a news release to The Durango Herald.

Afterward, the audience can provide written feedback about each candidate for the interview team to consider before it makes its recommendations to DHS principal Leanne Garcia.

Doss has been the offensive coordinator at Grand Junction Central for 11 years. He’s taught physical education and coached the girls golf team. Before working in Grand Junction, he was an assistant coach and physical education/social studies teacher in Bray, Ok.

Doss graduated with a bachelors degree in early childhood education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where he played baseball.

Jackson is the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Desert Ridge High School in Arizona, where he’s been since 2008. He teaches in that school district. He was an assistant coach for two years each at Bayfield High School and Show Low High School before that. He’s coached both track and wrestling at those schools.

A DHS alumnus, Jackson graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in exercise science in 2003.

Schafer led Hohne High School’s football program to two state championships and a 70-11 record since 2005. He was a head football coach and social studies teacher in Claude, Texas, for two years before that and also worked as a teacher and coach in New Braunfels, Texas.

Schafer earned a history degree from CSU-Pueblo in 1987.

Schultz has served as head football coach and strength coach at Wheatland High School in Wyoming since 2006, where he’s also taught strength and conditioning classes and helped coach the track team. Before that, he was an assistant coach and co-offensive coordinator at Campbell County High School in Wyoming, also teaching physical education.

Schultz graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1986 with a bachelors degree in education before earning a masters degree in exercise science at California University of Pennsylvania.