Scurran's task: Turn around 0-10 Foothills

2012-12-26T00:00:00Z 2012-12-26T05:33:30Z Scurran's task: Turn around 0-10 FoothillsDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 26, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The coach's wife was already wearing a Falcon blue sweater.

Around the coach's neck was a lanyard - the same shade of blue as the sweater. And, in between Joan and Jeff Scurran was a folded up polo shirt with "Catalina Foothills Football" embroidered on the top left of the shirt.

The Scurrans are ready for a fresh start. Jeff Scurran, who previously coached at Sabino, Santa Rita and Pima Community College, returned to high school football last week when he was hired as the head coach at Foothills.

There, the veteran coach with three state titles to his credit, will try to turn around a program that finished 0-10 this year and has one playoff win in 19 seasons.

Before he begins that challenge, Scurran, 65, chatted with the Daily Star.

What was it about Catalina Foothills that brought you back into coaching?

A: "It was many things. It was my relationship with (athletic director) Jody (Brase) and my wife's knowledge of the district. Unfortunately, we don't live very close by. So, you have to look at possibly relocating because it's hard to do a job like this when you live so far away. A lot of coaches don't live the job the way I do. It's more than football. It's a family, and that's how I coach, and I'm very good with that."

Had you ever considered coaching at Foothills previously?

A: "I don't think I'm letting the cat out of the bag when I say we've done this dance several times and looked at each other. I think this time, things just clicked. … To do this, I have to give up some things in my life.

"I wanted to make sure this was headed in the right direction. There's a hunger that has been missing that I think I see now."

What will the first few days with your new team be like? What do they need to know about their new coach?

A: "I want them to get to know me as a person outside of a football coach. I've never been afraid to withhold playing time from a player if they are not making progress in their personal areas. I have to get that message across first and foremost.

"Then, I just have to go with the flow. I have to learn who these kids are and learn about their lives and their families or else I can't be a good teacher to them. Really, that's all I am, is a teacher. It's a little different classroom, but at the end of the day, it's the same thing."

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