Sedona Crimson Rock coach Bob Younger steps down, recommends faculty drop soccer

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Sedona Red Rock could turn the football off after former head coach Bob Young informed administration this spring that it could be in the school’s best interests due to the low number in the post-coronavirus pandemic.

Young resigned as head coach in early April after breaking a 2-8 record in his only season leading the Scorpions.

“It’s on our agenda for district discussions and action,” said Don Burton, Red Rock sporting director, in an email. “We have not notified the AIA and will only do so when our board of directors makes a decision.”

Young said his team played three games with just 14 players last season, making it difficult to survive in 11-man football.

Red Rock had hoped to get into 8-man soccer because of the low numbers, but was turned down by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

As of the end of last season, Young said he only had eight players consistently training for football.

“We just didn’t have enough interest,” said Young. “Most children want to play football. Sedona is not fighting the AIA. The government recommends dropping football at the May school council meeting.”

Young said he wasn’t surprised that due to the school’s enrollment size, Red Rock was denied requests to play in 1A’s 8-man soccer.

“Enrollment is over 300,” said Young. “If we could move down, a large can of worms would have opened.”

Young hopes to continue training, but as an assistant. Young, who was defensive coordinator at Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep, led Cottonwood Mingus to the 1997 state soccer championship and a runner-up in 2005 and 2007.

He also coached Mingus’ baseball team for the 2009 state championship.

“I’ll probably be supporting football and baseball locally this year and then re-evaluating it,” said Young. “This virus has been involved in a variety of college sports.”

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