Shaun Aguano leaves Chandler High to become RB coach at Arizona State SanTan Sun News

Shaun Aguano leaves Chandler High to become RB coach at Arizona State

Shaun Aguano leaves Chandler High to become RB coach at Arizona State
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By Zach Alvira

Sports Editor

Chandler High is searching for a football coach, school officials confirmed, after legendary Shaun Aguano resigned to accept an assistant-coaching position under Herm Edwards at Arizona State University.

Aguano joins the Sun Devils as running backs coach. Aguano is no stranger to successful running backs, having coached three 2,000-yard rushers who’ve signed with Division 1 college programs in recent years: Drake Anderson, T.J. Green and this past season DeCarlos Brooks.

“He resigned as the head football coach today. He’s done, he’s not here anymore,” said CHS principal Larry Rother. “He’s elevated the football program, but when it comes down to it, he’s about kids and building the character of young men. The wins come along with that but he’s never been a win-at-all-cost sort of guy.

“He put character, grades and building up young men as his goal. That’s the legacy he leaves here at Chandler. We are a family here and nowhere is that more evident than with the football team.”

Wolves athletic director Jim Culver said that players were informed during a meeting.

“That was a big thing with Coach Aguano. He wanted to address his players and let them know,” Culver said.

According to Culver, the players were excited for their coach yet a sense of sadness permeated the room over losing the man who brought a brotherhood they refer to as “ohana” to the program.

Rother added that Aguano, 48, “was like a father-figure to a lot of our players.”

“He cares about them deeply and they care about him,” Rother said.

“Losing your head coach is tough. They were saddened by it but they took it well. We’ve got things in place that when it comes to our seniors and recruiting opportunities, we will still make sure their information gets to colleges.”

Chandler’s 2018 state-championship team was loaded, with perhaps 10 players headed for Division 1 schools.

Aguano leaves Chandler a month after he led the Wolves to a 65-28 rout of district-rival Perry in the 6A state championship.

It was the Wolves’ third straight state title, their fourth in five years and the most points ever scored in the Arizona big-school title game.

Under Aguano, the Wolves ascended onto the national radar, with annual appearances in the MaxPreps national rankings, reinforced with victories over Valdosta (Ga.) and Northwestern (Fla.) in the Geico State Champions Bowl Series in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The Chandler job is expected to attract national attention.

Chandler’s administration has begun a national search.

“We are going to open that position up,” Culver said, “but we are going to hire the best candidate, whether it be nationally, statewide or a coach from our current staff.

“We want this transition to be as smooth and as quick as possible.”

Rother said that it is difficult to place a timeline on the hiring of Aguano’s successor.

“We have to give folks time to apply,” Rother said. “I would hope we can have someone in position between four and six weeks.”

Chandler finished 21st nationally this past season and was honored at halftime of the Wolves’ boys basketball game on Tuesday night on the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.

It’s the third time Chandler has finished in the national top 25.

The Wolves were 12th in both 2015 and 2016.

Aguano’s teams went 88-19 in seven years.

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