NEWS: Wednesday December 15, 2010

Dec 15th @ 8:11 am in News by Scott Staley

McMillan stays on. A new contract is being drawn up for Delta Schools superintendent Mike McMillan, the announcement was made during last week’s school board meeting. Mountain Valley News writes that this past February the board said that McMillan had actually retired in June 2009 and had been working under an agreement for the time being. Then there was the ordeal of announcing a new superintendent without an official search, which caused much concern from the community. A superintendent search will be suspended for the next two years, allowing McMillan to stay superintendent for the time being and allow the new board, coming in next November, to get settled in.
Source: Mountain Valley News (Posted 7:09a)

Poverty has risen in Colorado. The number of Colorado neighborhoods with a significant number of residents living in poverty doubled over the past decade. The Denver Post released a story yesterday with results from statewide surveys conducted from 2005-2009. The reality is really harsh for children. The surveys show that one in five neighborhoods had at least 20 percent of its children living in poverty in 2000 which increased to an average of one and three neighborhoods between 2005 and 2009. From 2008 to 2009, the Colorado Children’s Campaign says the number of people receiving food stamps has increased 26 percent. The campaign says the need is growing so much faster than providers are able to get the services to them. In 2009, Colorado’s five major food banks distributed more than 76 million pounds of food throughout the state, a 25 percent increase over 2008. A story we broke earlier this year showed that over 200 students alone in Montrose County RE-1J Schools are homeless. Poverty and homelessness are clearly affecting families statewide.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 7:11a)

Head coach finalists named. Western State College of Colorado has announced the names of three finalists who will interview on campus early next week to become the Mountaineers’ 20th Head Football Coach. Jeff Woodruff, Orv Otten and Jim Williams were selected as the final candidates.

“We believe we have three very strong candidates from a pool of approximately 200 applicants,” said Western State Athletic Director Dr. Greg Waggoner. “We have engaged a committee and I have been employing several very valuable advisors. All of them are very excited about these three finalists and we believe the future of Mountaineer Football is bright!”

Each candidate will spend a full day in Gunnison meeting with various groups and individuals on campus. The Gunnison community and Western State campus members will also be invited to meet each of the candidates during evening socials at the President’s House on campus. Times for each of the evening socials will be released in the near future.

A brief bio and coaching history of each of the candidates:

Orv Otten – Currently a volunteer assistant at Iowa State (Will interview Dec. 19)
-Head Football Coach at Northwestern College from 1995-2009, where he coached team to two conference championships, four NAIA playoff appearances (including one semifinal appearance), 36 All-Americans and the top-ranked defense in 2004 in the NAIA
-2000 Schutt Sports/American Football Monthly NAIA National Football Coach of the Year
-2000 Great Plains Athletic Conference Football Coach of the Year
-1996 Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference Football Coach of the Year
-Professor of Physical Education at Northwestern from 1990 through 2009

Jim Williams – Currently the Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator at Illinois State (Will interview Dec. 21)
-Member of coaching staff since 2004 – duties have included running backs (2004-05), tight ends/h-backs and recruiting coordinator (2005-07), Assistant Head Coach (2006-08), Offensive Coordinator (2007-08), Interim Head Coach (2008)
-Also part of coaching staffs at Nebraska-Omaha (2001-04), Western State (2000-01), Independence Community College (1998-2000), Lewis-Palmer (Colo.) HS (1994-98)
-Offensive coordinator at Nebraska-Omaha, where he led the Mavericks to the No. 6 rushing offense and No. 13 total offense. Also coached Harlon Hill finalist Justin Kammrad, the national rushing leader
-Active or former clinician at several Big 12 football camps

Jeff Woodruff – Currently the Assistant Head Coach at Texas El-Paso (Will interview Dec. 20)
-Part of three bowl game appearances at UTEP, including Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl
-Previous experience at Eastern Michigan (Head Coach), Arizona (Running Backs), Cholla (Ariz.) HS (Head Coach), Washington (Offensive Coordinator), Nevada-Reno (Recruiting Coordinator, Secondary Coach), Kent State/Washington (Graduate Assistant)
-Member of the coaching staff for the 1991 National Championship team at Washington
-Coached in five Rose Bowls
(Posted 10:29a)