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Murray High announced Wednesday that it has named veteran Utah football coach Blaine Monkres to replace Mike Richmond as the school's head football coach next season.

Spanish Fork also announced that Davis defensive coordinator Preston Parrish has been named as its head football coach.

Monkres is a 25-year Utah coaching veteran who served this season as the offensive coordinator at Dixie State University.

As a high school coach, he coached Dixie to two state championships, two region titles and to the state semifinals twice.

He also coached at Fremont High where he led the Trojans to three region championships, the state semifinals five times and the state finals once.

At Morgan High, Monkres coached the Trojans to three region championships and a state title.

He was named the Utah football coach of the year in 1993 and 2012 and was a nominee for the National Federation of High Schools Sports Coach of the year in 2012.

His teams qualified for the state tournament 21 times in 25 years.

"That kind of record is unparalleled," said Murray High principal John Goldhardt. "He is well-respected and admired throughout the state. His winning record is substantial, but I am even more impressed with his record of helping young men learn principles of character and his high expectations for academic success."

In addition to his coaching duties, Monkres will be a full-time physical education teacher at Murray.

Parrish goes to Spanish Fork after spending the last nine years at Davis where he served as offensive and defensive line coach, linebackers coach and defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

Parrish is a graduate of Bountiful High, where he played for Larry Wall and was a two-year starter and all-state lineman. He played four years at Portland State and then earned a Master's Degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

He will teach sports psychology, civics and government at Spanish Fork.

— Tom Wharton

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