MURRAY — In a wild month of coaching changes across the state, Murray High school joined the list of schools to make a hire and announced Mike Richmond as the Spartans' new head football coach Tuesday afternoon.

"We are excited to name Mike as a head football coach for Murray High school," said Murray principal Dr. David Dunn in a press release. "He has worked with youth in our community for many years with great success and has an impressive background of involvement in football, both as a player and as a coach."

Richmond was a four-year letterman as a quarterback at the University of Utah from 1988-91. In his first two years with the program, he was a backup to Scott Mitchell, now the head coach at Springville High. In his junior season, he became the full-time starter for then-first-year head coach Ron McBride but was later replaced by Frank Dolce in his final season with the Utes.

"We are looking forward to our upcoming season with his leadership of our program and his continued involvement in our community," said Dunn.

Richmond, a successful businessman, is excited for the opportunity to give back to the high school community through football.

"I take great pride in not only helping young men become better football players, but also to become better human beings," he said.

He replaces former head coach Dan Aragon, who stepped down midseason last year after 41/2 seasons at the helm of the program with an 8-34 record.

Richmond will have a difficult task of a rebuilding a program that has struggled mightily to remain competitive. The Spartans finished last season 1-9, dropping their final nine contests.

Dating back to Richmond's freshman season at Utah in 1988, Murray has a 91-151 record with 15 losing seasons, including seven straight. The Spartans haven't won a playoff game since 1996, and haven't advanced further than the quarterfinals over that time span.

Currently a Murray resident, with two children enrolled in the Murray School District, Richmond will start his tenure immediately during the current school year.

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