Jorge Mendivil built Empire to a “small school” football power and was all set to take the Ravens to the next level in Division III but the death of quarterback Grayson Weeks combined with a move over to Walden Grove put all those plans on hold. Then came Amphi.
Amphitheater head coach Brandon Willard left the Panthers for Anthem Boulder Creek and one of the more storied positions in Southern Arizona came calling and Mendivil jumped at the opportunity.
“I’m excited about the opportunity with the tradition of winning with Vern (Friedli) and it has a lot going for it,” he said after learning the Amphitheater District approved his hiring late Tuesday night.
Part of the draw will be his staff that will include coaches from Empire and San Manuel. He will also be working closely with wrestling coach of the year, Sam Portillo at Amphi.
“We are going to work to keep both programs going strong,” added Mendivil. “We will have a good staff. I’m happy for the opportunity.”
Mendivil became Walden Grove’s offensive coordinator in week three last year and was a major reason for the school’s success. Likewise, Willard had Amphi moving in the right direction before jumping from the D-IV program to a shot at the D-I level in the Phoenix area.
Even though Mendivil’s name circulated several weeks ago (mentioned here first) as the probable replacement for Willard at Amphi, it did not come with the obvious controversy surrounding Rincon’s move to hire former NFL standout Andre Rison (News first leaked of Rison’s hiring back in January). The hiring of Mendivil is logical and is a perfect fit.