Two Utah high schools announced the hiring of new head football coaches on Tuesday.
Jared Afuvai has been tagged as the new coach at Bonneville High School while Canyon View named Larry “Robby” Robinson as its new coach.
Afuvai replaces Tyler Gladwell, who leaves the Bonneville program after one season, finishing with a 3-7 record.
Afuvai is a first-time head coach, but he’s very familiar with the Bonneville program and its tradition. A 1990 graduate of Bonneville, he served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2004 to 2010.
“For me it’s coming back home and being part of a program that was very close to me and really shaped who I became later in life. Very familiar with the community and the support and the traditions of Bonneville High School, and that is probably the most exciting part about being a head coach at Bonneville, carrying on that tradition,” said Afuvai, who was a Deseret News first team all-stater in 1989.
Afuvai is Bonneville’s fourth coach in the last four years, and bringing stability to the program is one of his main goals.
“The kids need to know that I’m going to be there. I’m there for the long run, I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to do whatever it takes to turn the program around,” Afuvai said.
In addition to his years as an assistant at Bonneville, Afuvai also spent time as an assistant at Ben Lomond, Ogden and Weber since 1996. He was at Ogden the past two years.
Canyon’s new coach replaces Alex Huxford, who spent five seasons at Canyon View, amassing a 7-40 record during that stretch.
Robinson, 61, has 37 years of head coaching experience in football, and he’s also been a head coach in basketball, softball and track through the years. He won football state titles at three different schools — Casper, Wyo.; Mountain View, Wyo.; and Silverton, Ore.
He has a history of turning programs around. Prior to his arrival at Silverton in 1990, the program had a 6-72 in its previous 10 years but Robinson led it to the playoffs every year including a state title in 1991.
Last year at Clayton High in New Mexico, he took over a program that had gone 1-19 its previous two years and led it to a 7-5 record and a quarterfinal playoff appearance.
He hopes to do the same thing in Utah.
“We’re going to work real hard, but we’re going to make work tremendously fun, I know it sounds trite. The offense we run, there’s nobody in the nation that runs it. Sort of gets people excited, it’s an unbalanced veer attack,” Robinson said.
At his previous stops, the excitement of the offense has helped get specialized athletes in other sports to come out for football, and he hopes to do that at Canyon View as well.