Wickenburg’s football coach Mike Mitchell has assistant coaches change

Football coach Mike Mitchell.

Mike Mitchell, who ran Wickenburg High School’s football program for four years, recently resigned because he felt undermined by an administrator’s move to promote an assistant coach without his knowledge.

The assistant was promoted to assistant head coach, according to Mitchell. It was reported by The Wickenburg Sun that Mitchell was contacted and disciplined for violating school district procedure last season.

Mitchell, 76, was still planning to come back before saying the school promoted the assistant to take part in his head coaching duties without speaking to him.

“Our athletic director made a move that I didn’t appreciate,” Mitchell said The Arizona Republic. “That was involved in everything. I just decided it was time to go.”

Sporting director Matt Johnson called it “a miscommunication”.

“The Wickenburg athletic department intends for Mike Mitchell to become our head coach this season,” Johnson said in an email. “It was a misunderstanding, I asked him to train an assistant.”

Mitchell felt undermined.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “I thought we did a really good job here and I liked the situation. There are a few things. You have a permissions rule that I tried to change. They don’t seem to want to get ahead at all. If they don’t want to hear what I have to say, they can listen to someone else.”

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