Being a high school football coach is no easy task, a big reason why roughly 15-to-20 percent of the high schools in Utah go through a head coaching change each year.

The turnover rate heading into the 2011 season follows that trend, but the quality of some of the veteran coaches who are at new schools is noteworthy.

Fred Fernandes won three state championships at Northridge and then successfully turned the Woods Cross program around. His next challenge is rebuilding Roy, his alma mater, which hasn't had a winning season since 1991.

"I feel confident we'll be able to make a difference," said Fernandes. "It might take some time, but I'm willing to put in the time."

Les Hamilton and his glossy 74-30 career record is now at Hunter after winning a pair of state titles at Alta.

Steve Coburn was a head coach at Snow College for five years, but now he's bringing his expertise down to the prep ranks at North Sanpete.

Tyler Anderson, a former BYU player and Tooele coach who led the Buffaloes to a state title in 2002, is back in Utah as a head coach for the first time since 2003 as he takes over the reigns at Orem, his alma mater.

"It's always been a dream job to come back here and coach at Orem where I played," said Anderson, who was a head coach in Florida for four years and an assistant at Westlake most recently.

Two other very successful coaches are back in the head coaching fraternity.

Randy Johnson spent 15 years at Clearfield before resigning in 2005. He's now the new head coach at Bonneville after spending several years as an assistant at Bountiful. Aaron Whitehead is the new head coach at Olympus after a successful 5-year run at East ended in 2007 so he could pursue his master's degree at BYU.

Of the 101 high school football teams in the state, 16 are under the direction of new head coaches this season. That turnover rate is slightly more than last year's 14 coaching changes — the fewest in the past eight years.

The highest turnover rate was in 2005 when 24 schools were under the direction of new coaches.

Of the 16 new head coaches, 10 will be first-time head coaches.

Those first-year head coaches in Utah are: Alta's Bob Stephens, Ben Lomond's Don Kenyon, Diamond Ranch's Robbie Dias, Granger's Alex Gehrke, Hillcrest's Casey Miller, Lehi's David Hastings, North Summit's Devin Smith, Tooele's Kyle Brady, Wasatch's Craig Davis and Woods Cross' Nick Longshore.

Despite what seems like a constant coaching carousel at some schools, there are still plenty of veterans you can count on seeing on the sidelines year after year after year.

Among them is Skyline coach Roger Dupaix, who amazingly is entering his 35th year as a head coach in Utah (239-70 at Skyline, 55-38 at Highland). He has 294 career victories, and will likely reach No. 300 sometime in October.

Seven other coaches are at the 20-year coaching threshold — Bountiful's Larry Wall (27th year), Cedar's Todd Peacock (25th year), Emery's Jim Jones (24th year), Juan Diego's John Colosimo (24th year), Dixie's Blaine Monkres (22nd year), Mountain Crest's Mark Wootton (21st year) and Salem Hill's Monte Morgan (20th year).

Two long-tenured coaches have stepped aside since the end of the 2010 season.

Ray Groth resigned as Tooele's head football coach following his third year at Tooele and 22nd as a head coach in Utah. His all-time record is 119-114.

North Summit's Jerre Holmes also left the coaching ranks after 22 years as he was named the North Summit School District superintendent earlier this summer. He leaves behind one of the most impressive resumes in the state with a 145-96 record between Ben Lomond, Rich and North Summit and five combined state championships.

School...Name...Year at School...Record...Overall years...Overall Rec....Alma Mater

Alta...Robert Stephens...1st year...0-0...same...La Mirada, Calif.

Altamont...Mick Fieldstead...3rd year...13-9...same...Altamont

Am. Fork...Aaron Behm...2nd year...3-7...same...Grant Community, Ill.

Am. Leadership...David Lewis...3rd year...4-17...same...Orem

Bear River...Chris Wise...10th year...58-45...same...Bear River

Beaver...Steve Hutchings...7th year...24-38...same...Beaver

Ben Lomond...Don Kenyon...1st year...0-0...same...Edmond, Okla.

Bingham...Dave Peck...12th year...109-29...18th year...136-63...Cyprus

Bonneville...Randy Johnson...1st year...0-0...16th year...100-62...Viewmont

Bountiful...Larry Wall...27th year...201-94...same...Viewmont

Box Elder...Robbie Gunter...3rd year...8-12...9th year...44-41...Marsh Valley, Idaho

Brighton...Ryan Bullet...6th year...20-32...same...Hillcrest

Canyon View...Alex Huxford...4th year...4-24...same...McKay, Ore.

Carbon...Jeff Blanc...2nd year...1-8...same...Carbon

Cedar...Todd Peacock...21st year...125-96-1...25th year...147-111-1...Emery

Clearfield...Jeff Bingham...3rd year...6-14...same...Ben Lomond

Copper Hills...Kai Kapele...3rd year...1-18...same...St. Louis, Hawaii

Cottonwood...Josh Lyman...2nd year...10-1...same...Skyline

Cyprus...Brian Jacketta...3rd year...4-16...same...Cyprus

Davis...Ryan Bishop...11th year...66-48...14th year...91-57...Cedar

Delta...Russ Henrie...7th year...46-25...same...Delta

Desert Hills...Jake Nelson...3rd year...13-8...9th year...48-39...Green River, Wyo.

Diamond Ranch...Robby Dias...1st year...0-0...same...Dixie

Dixie...Blaine Monkres...4th year...17-15...22nd year...150-83...Clearfield

Duchesne...Bill Hoopes...4th year...24-12...same...Duchesne

East...Brandon Matich...2nd year...8-3...7th year...47-21...Brighton

Emery...Jim Jones...*24th year...142-102...same...San Juan

Enterprise...Barry Jones...5th year...24-19...same...Bonneville

Fremont...Kory Bosgieter...4th year...17-16...13th year...66-57...Bonneville

Grand...Dennis Wells...10th year...43-52...same...Grand

Granger...Alex Gehrke...1st year...0-0...same...Westminster, Calif.

Grantsville...Tony Cloward...7th year...23-45...same...Grantsville

Gunnison...Yori Ludvigson...2nd year...3-7...same...Manti

Herriman...Larry Wilson...2nd year...4-7...7th year...47-21...Granada Hills, Calif.

Highland...Brody Benson...6th year...45-18...same...Granger

Hillcrest...Casey Miller...1st year...0-0...same...Cyprus

Hunter...Les Hamilton...1st year...0-0...9th year...74-30...Petaluma, Calif.

Hurricane...Chris Homer...10th year...63-42...same...Bear Lake, Idaho

Jordan...Eric Kjar...3rd year...16-9...same...Kemmerer, Wyo.

Juab...Mike Bowring...8th year...58-23...15th year...104-53...San Juan

Juan Diego...John Colosimo...12th year...107-26...24th year...153-101...Judge

Judge...James Cordova...9th year...47-46...same...Judge

Kanab...Bucky Orton...9th year...68-28...same...Kanab

Kearns...Bill Cosper...6th year...25-28...same...Dallas Sunset

Layton...Jim Batchelor...7th year...37-31...same...Layton

Layton Christian...Will Hawes...5th year...15-23...same...Locke, Calif.

Lehi...David...Hastings...1st year...0-0...same...Madison, Idaho

Logan...Mike Favero...13th year...98-50...same...Helix, Calif.

Lone Peak...Tony McGeary...4th year...27-9...same...Thomas Heyward, S.C.

Manti...Cole Meacham...12th year...78-40...same...Richfield

Maple Mountain...Brad Burtenshaw...3rd year...3-18...same...San Juan

Milford...Brian Williamson...2nd year...4-6...same...Coral Gables, Fla.

Millard...Marshall Sheriff...12th year...93-33...same...Delta

Monticello...Lee Chadwick...2nd year...4-7...same...Filer, Idaho

Monument Valley...Powers Whiskers...2nd year...3-8...same...San Juan

Morgan...Kovi Christiansen...5th year...31-16...same...Lovell, Wyo.

Mountain Crest...Mark Wootton...8th year...59-24...21st year...132-80...Provo

Mountain View...Jon Snyder...2nd year...5-6...same...Dugway

Murray...Dan Aragon...5th year...7-30...same...West

North Sanpete...Steve Coburn...1st year...0-0...9th year...26-52...Bonneville

North Sevier...Ryan Higgs...5th year...16-27...same...North Sevier

North Summit...Devin Smith...1st year...0-0...same...North Summit

Northridge...Erik Thompson...8th year...46-28...same...Roy

Ogden...Troy Kolan...2nd year...1-9...same...Morgan

Olympus...Aaron Whitehead...1st year...0-0...6th year...39-21...Skyline

Orem...Tyler Anderson...1st year...0-0...5th year...28-17...Orem

Park City...Kai Smalley...2nd year...6-4 same...S. Salem, Ore.

Parowan...Matt Labrum...5th year...17-26...same...Union

Payson...Jeremy Chapman...3rd year...9-11...same...Payson

Pine View...Ray Hosner...11th year...90-28...same...James Madison, N.Y.

Pleasant Grove...Dale Sampson...8th year...47-37...same...Richfield

Provo...Saia Pope...4th year...15-17...same...Provo

Rich...Ashley Brown...12th year...80-44...same...Star Valley, Idaho

Richfield...Corey Morrison...*9th year...21-54...same...Richfield

Riverton...Mike Miller...8th year...43-33...14th year...91-53...Kearns

Roy...Fred Fernandes...1st year...0-0...13th year...87-43...Roy

Salem Hills...Monte Morgan...4th year...9-23...20th year...120-90...Sanford, Colo.

San Juan...Monty Lee...9th year...75-17 same...San Juan

Sky View...Craig Anhder...7th year...44-23...same...Mountain Crest

Skyline...Roger Dupaix...26th year...239-70...35th year...294-108...Huntington Park, Calif.

Snow Canyon...Jay Graft...*6th year...25-25...7th year...30-29...Woodbridge, Va.

South Sevier...Weston Zabriskie...2nd year...3-9...same...North Sanpete

South Summit...Jerry Parker...*10th year...55-41...same...South Summit

Spanish Fork...Matt Christensen...6th year...32-24...same...Spanish Fork

Springville...Scott Mitchell...4th year...27-9...same...Springville

Stansbury...Clint Christiansen...3rd year...3-6...12th year...50-64...Grantsville

Syracuse...Russ Jones...5th year...24-20...10th year...49-47...Roy

Taylorsville...Jonny Matich...3rd year...1-19...5th year...5-35...Skyline

Timpanogos...Ed Larson...2nd year...5-4...6th year...13-33...Piedmont Hills, Calif.

Timpview...Louis Wong...7th year...67-7...same...Castle, Hawaii

Tooele...Kyle Brady...1st year...0-0...same...Tooele

Uintah...Doug Harding...5th year...13-26...6th year...16-34...Bountiful

Union...Sam Elliott...4th year...10-20...7th year...26-35...Cedar

Viewmont...Brad Lloyd...3rd year...9-12...same...West

Wasatch...Craig Davis...1st year...0-0...same...Logan

Weber...Rick...Corbridge...2nd year...3-6...same...Fremont

West...Justin Spencer...3rd year...12-9...same... West

West Jordan...Mike Morgan...13th year...63-62...same...Brighton

Westlake...Jason Walker...3rd year...12-8...same ...Leilehua, Hawaii

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Whitehorse...Fernando Fonseca...4th year...6-18 same...Wexlaco, Texas

Woods Cross...Nick Longshore...1st year...0-0...same... Canyons, Calif.

*coaching years aren't consecutive

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