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Prep football: Cottonwood hires ex-Dixie State coach Croshaw

Published June 27, 2012 4:23 pm

Football • Cottonwood hires Croshaw, but assistant leaves due to new policy.
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After two turbulent years at Cottonwood High School, the Colts football program can only hope they have found some stability with the hiring of a new football coach.

Mesa Community College head coach Greg Croshaw became the program's fourth head coach in little more than two years Monday. He previously spent 24 years as the head coach at Dixie State

He was hired to lead one of the state's elite programs in the wake of a two-month period that saw a scandal in which coach Josh Lyman resigned amid allegations of "inappropriate contact" with a female student. Additionally, one assistant coach resigned amid assault charges and another was killed on Saturday when he was rear-ended by an alleged drunken driver. Lyman became the head coach in 2010 after first-year head coach Teko Johnson died of a heart attack while on vacation.

Croshaw, 63, said he understands the delicacy of his new job.

"It's going to be a tough situation on everybody," Croshaw said. "On the administration, the kids. The kids are the ones I worry about. They've worked hard trying to get ready. Now, you're down basically to a month."

Croshaw leaves Mesa C.C. after one season, a decision that he said was tremendously difficult. It was made easier, however, by the fact he has three sons who live in Salt Lake City.

"Even though it's going to be a huge challenge," he said, "it just felt like something at this stage of my career that I needed to do."

He inherits one of the state's most talented teams, although he said he was not aware of the level of talent when he applied for the job. Among the Division I recruits at Cottonwood is quarterback Cooper Bateman, who has committed to Alabama.

"It's like opening a Christmas present," he said. "You're expecting a bicycle and you get a porsche. It's a pleasant surprise."

Croshaw was the head coach at Dixie State from 1982 to 2005, and later served as defensive coordinator at Pine View High School from 2007 to 2010. He inherits a team that went 5-5 last season.

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