2005 Coach of the Year: Scooter Molander

24-7 presents 2nd annual coach of the year award to Brophy head coach

Down 14-0 to reigning two-time defending state champs Hamilton, everyone assumed the Brophy Broncos would be taking home the runner-up trophy, except the 24-7Football.com Coach of the Year, Scooter Molander. This improbable come back victory was only one of the factors considered when the staff at 24-7 chose Coach Molander as our top coach of the 2005 season.


Brophy had extremely high expectations heading into the season. They returned a talented young quarterback, a big offensive line and returned a ton of starters on defense. Seemingly the only change was at head coach, where Coach Molander took over for Jeff Kearin who took a job in California after several successful seasons at Brophy. The pressure to win is high, especially at a tradition rich school like Brophy. But when some of the Broncos players were caught misbehaving before the Westwood game Coach Molander stuck to his guns and suspended them, despite Westwood being undefeated and ranked in the top 3 in the state by all publications. The result was a 20-19 loss but the foundation was set and the Broncos would not lose again over the next 9 games, including their victory over Hamilton to claim the 5A1 state title.


Many other coaches had great seasons like Coach Fetkenhier who finally grabbed his 1st state title at Cactus. Coach Mayfield and Coach Bevell at Palo Verde and Arcadia did tremendous jobs at schools with little preseason expectations. Coach LeBlanc led Queen Creek to the 4A2 playoffs in their 1st season in the 4A ranks. There are many more out there that we know we are missing.


Coaching is a thankless job. Not many people realize the hours that get spent on game plans, breaking down film and administrative work that goes into coaching. Coaches take time away from their families and friends to not only teach football, but life lessons, to our youth. The staff at 24-7 would like to thank all of the coaches for making our Friday nights more enjoyable and for the wonderful jobs they do.

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