Mountain Pointe High School’s Head Football Coach, Norris Vaughan, mets LSU’s Coach Ed Orgeron at the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic. February 2017
Mountain Pointe assistant coach Eric Lauer. AFN File
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:41 pm
It was supposed to be a quick jaunt up the road to McClintock High to figure out some of the logistics of Mountain Pointe’s semifinal game against Red Mountain.
All went well so Pride associate head coaches Eric Lauer and Aaron Frana and athletic director Mike Griffith headed back to Mountain Pointe.
The trip became so much more shortly after leaving the school parking lot as they came upon a truck upside down on the sidewalk near the intersection of McClintock Dr. and Southern Ave. just after an accident.
“Coach Lauer saw the truck first and said we had to help,” Frana said. “We got out and ran over to see what we could do.”
They stopped in the middle of McClintock. Frana and Lauer came up to the vehicle along with two other adults who were nearby while Griffith made the 911 call.
The driver was still in the vehicle, but was pinned in the vehicle, which was leaking gas. The two coaches and the other men pushed the pick up truck so it was upright and the man was OK.
“We didn’t do anything you wouldn’t do,” Lauer said. “The guy was OK. He had a prosthetic leg, and couldn’t get out the way it was. He had his seatbelt on so he was stable when we flipped it back to the right side.
“He was kind of in shock. The other guy really clipped him and flipped him over. He was pretty lucky.”
So many others just drive by slowly figuring someone else would help or make the 911 call, but they had the gumption to do something.
“It was a flashback to another time when I stopped and the driver was ejected, and didn’t make it” Lauer said. “It’s reminder of how quickly things like this can happen. Car accidents like this make you feel so violated because you are supposed to be safe in your own little bubble. When you see something like that you just want to help anyway you can.
“It’s the principal of paying it forward. Someone does something good for you and in return you do something good for someone else.”
* Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda
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The idea: Have a coach write an article on what he would change about high school football if he were king for a day.
I immediately thought of Phoenix Mountain Pointe coach Norris Vaughan, who is as opinionated as they come on matters like transfers, enrollment-based classification and concussion issues. I asked Vaughan to take on any subject matter he wanted.
He and I may disagree on a lot of things – including his response here – but I appreciate his passion and respect his opinion.
These are his words and in no way were edited:
“The past ten years of Arizona High School football have been its best! Arizona has been recognized on the national stage and continues to improve each year. I commend the AIA on their efforts and am encouraged about the future of our game! The recent change to the transfer rule seems promising and I have seen great improvement in all aspects of the sport.
I do have a few suggestions that would further advance Arizona High School football. If I were King for a day, I would allow athletes to practice in shoulder pads and helmets during spring football practice. One issue all coaches face is inadequate time to train our athletes on proper blocking and tackling technique. Offensive players would then be able to train on our sleds to teach proper blocking technique, posture, hand placement, and head positioning. We would also be able to train half speed blocking drills to teach proper technique within our offensive system.
Defensive players would benefit greatly from more field time with pads to teach form tackling. Head placement, shoulder placement, and alternative tackling methods must be practiced with pads! Half speed tackling drills will allow players to repeat these techniques to reduce injury and improve our game.
NFL and college programs reportedly have reduced head trauma with fundamental training for blocking technique. These organizations are allowed more offseason padded practices, which reduces injuries. Also programs such as heads up football and Seattle Seahawks rugby style tackling have documented successes on injury prevention. Coaches and athletes alike need repetitions to perfect their craft.
Realizing injuries are part of athletics; I feel that more padded spring practices will reduce the number of injuries in Arizona High School football. My goal is to create a more skilled player and one that is better equipped to safely block and tackle.”
Head Football Coach
Mountain Pointe High School
Congratulations to Coach Lauer for winning the “Class Act” award at the Tempe Diablos Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 2nd!
Class Act ~ A dedicated, active classified employee who makes a positive impact on students.
Congrats to Coach Vaughan on his 250th career win!
@MPHS_Football HC Norris Vaughan and his 3 former Pride after big ACU win supporting his former student-athletes. 10.17.15
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Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 9:40 am | Updated: 9:49 am, Wed Oct 7, 2015.
If Mountain Pointe continues to play at a high level, Pride coach Norris Vaughan will surpass the 250 career win milestone this season.
He entered the year with a career mark of 241-98-2 record dating back to about 1980 when he picked up a few wins as an interim coach in Georgia.
He sits at 247 after Thursday’s win in the Tukee Bowl, but insists winning 300 career games is something he is set on accomplishing.
“If I was at 299 and if felt like I couldn’t be effective anymore I’d quit,” he said. “I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon, but you never know. To do that would be six or seven more seasons. It’s possible.”
Considering the rate at which Vaughan has won (117-19 for an 86.02 winning percentage) since coming to Arizona, Vaughan could reach 300 in about four seasons or five if there is a little bit of a drop off one year.
“I never thought about winning 200 even,” he said of his early days in Georgia. “One hundred was a number that I thought was possible.”
Vaughan has coached six different programs with all of them being reclamation projections, never taking over a squad that won more than three games the year before he put his winning imprint on the program.
Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda
From York to Arizona, Eric Lauer recognizes purpose in upbringing, and continues to grow
The Cards “Coach-of-the-Week” award is selected by a local sports panel consisting of Cardinals Director of Community Relations Luis Zendejas, Community Relations Coordinator Adam Richman, Manager of Alumni Relations Damien Anderson, NBC-12 sports anchor Bruce Cooper, Channel 15 sports anchor Craig Fouhy, Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reporter Craig Grialou, former Arizona high school coach Emil Nasser and AIA high school official Paul Edge.
The Cardinals “Coach-of-the-Week” program presents a selected high school coach with a certificate signed by NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell, Cardinals President William V. Bidwill and Head Coach Bruce Arians. Cardinals Cheerleaders and team mascot Big Red will present the school with $1,000 to support its football programon behalf of Cardinals Charities.
Week 1: Derek Wahlstrom, Verrado HS
Week 2: Larry Fetkenhier, Cactus HS
Week 3: Brandon Willard, Boulder Creek HS
Week 4: Norris Vaughan, Mountain Pointe HS