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Ex-Wildcat Jay Dobyns named head coach of Tanque Verde High School football program
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Ex-Wildcat Jay Dobyns named head coach of Tanque Verde High School football program

Jay Dobyns, former UA football player and agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, received the Arizona Strong award at the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Kickoff Luncheon at Tucson Convention Center on Oct. 25, 2018.

Jay Dobyns has held many titles throughout his 58 years of life: All-Pac-10 wide receiver for the Arizona Wildcats, undercover special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who infiltrated the Hells Angels, one of the most infamous motorcycle gangs in the world, New York Times’ best-selling author and the wide receivers coach for Salpointe Catholic.  

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Now? Dobyns — or “Jay Bird” — will embark on a new journey and take over as head coach for a struggling Tanque Verde High School football program. The decision to name Dobyns head coach was announced Monday evening. 

Dobyns will replace eight-year Tanque Verde head coach Jeremy Johnson, who stepped down following this season. 

Dobyns has his work cut out for him, though. The Hawks went winless  in 2019. Tanque Verde plays in the Class 3A South region alongside Sabino, Pusch Ridge Christian, Catalina, Sahuarita and Safford.

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or On Twitter @justinesports

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Justin writes stories and produces digital content about UA football and basketball and high school football. A Tucson native, Justin graduated from the UA in 2017 and is the host of the Wildcast Podcast and a radio host on ESPN Tucson.

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