Football: Edmond Santa Fe hires Chris Rose as defensive coordinator
EDMOND — Filling the vacant defensive coordinator position was one of Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning’s most important tasks this offseason.
The position has been filled; Manning said Monday he has hired former Midwest City defensive coordinator Chris Rose.
Rose was considered a top candidate to replace Steve Huff as the Bombers’ head coach, but the job ultimately went to former Tulsa Washington and Star Spencer coach Darrell Hall.
Rose replaces Kenny Young, who retired after one year as the Wolves’ defensive coordinator. Before that, he had a long, successful tenure as head coach at Bishop McGuinness.
Rose was formerly an assistant coach at Edmond Memorial, where he was also the boys’ soccer coach.
He inherits a defense that lost some of its best players from 2011, but is also bringing several good ones back.
The Wolves lost defensive ends Michael Onuoha, who signed with OU, and Josh Crouch, who combined for 162 tackles and 16 sacks a year ago.
Also gone is defensive back Conner Bays, who made 101 tackles and will play college ball at Southwestern Oklahoma State.
But returning for Santa Fe is cornerback Khari Harding, who boasts offers from several Division I schools and is one of the top college prospects in the state for the class of 2013.
Linebacker Jerremy Moore also returns after recording 102 tackles and seven sacks as a junior.
Manning is entering his second season as Edmond Santa Fe’s coach. In 2010, the Wolves were 1-9, but in Manning’s first season, the team went 10-2 and won its district.
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