After controversial off-season, Durham H.S. welcomes new football coach

DURHAM, Calif. - In four weeks, the high school football season kicks off in the Northstate.  One Butte County squad had a rocky off-season with a controversial coaching change.

Now the Durham Trojans' new coach Dan Henry wants to put that in the past.

"The first rule I have is we're moving forward, no rear view mirrors," said Henry.

Looking back would require Henry and his players to see turmoil, which came about in the off-season when Kevin York was dismissed from his job.  That in turn led to the resignations of athletic director Jean Atkins and principal Bill Frey. 

Henry said he never felt uncomfortable coming into the situation.

"No, because I never knew the situation, only what I read in the paper," said Henry.  "And I didn't know the previous coach, I just knew there was a vacancy."

Many applied for the coaching position. Henry's coaching credentials are solid, having finished a 9-year stint at Champion Christian High School until it disbanded its football program.  In his first year at Durham, changes will be seen, at least on the field.

"I'm learning their offense and the defensive coach I brought in is learning their defense.  He's going to make some tweaks.  And the offense they run I'm going to learn. I don't want to change too much."

Henry says acceptance has not been a problem.  He's contacted every player and parent of the team and is excited about getting started.

The season kicks off for Durham on August 30 against Colusa.

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