The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Sports

July 2, 2012

Dushane back in head coaching spot, takes over Diamond football

Jimmy Dushane again is a head coach in high school football.

He’s in a different state, however. He’s at Diamond after nearly 20 years in Oklahoma.

Dushane, 46, is a product of Commerce High School (1983), Northeastern Oklahoma A&M of Miami and Northeastern State of Tahlequah. He was in private business for some 10 years, however, before turning to education/coaching  by assisting Rick Trimble for five years at Commerce.

Dushane, who moved to South Coffeyville in 2000, assisted for one year before serving as head coach for five. Then came five years at Fox, two at Fairland and one — in 2011 as an assistant — at Commerce.

Dushane replaced Aaron Davied at the Wildcat helm. Davied, a graduate of Webb City High School (2003) and Missouri Southern, has joined John Roderique’s staff at Webb City.

“I’ll work with Coach (Stephen) Gollhofer in the defensive line,” Davied said. “I wish the best for Diamond. Those are great kids.”

Dushane is pleased with what he’s seen at Class 2 Diamond.

“I like the fact the kids seem very enthused about football,” Dushane said on Monday. “We had 30-35 players interested in football in our first meeting with them.

“We’ve been having summer lifting and we’ve had probably an average of 22-27 kids each time we’ve been open,” Dushane said. “They want to participate.”

Dushane worked with the offensive and defensive lines at Commerce for Steve Moss last season.

“Right now I’m going to be the offensive coordinator,” Dushane said. “I like my assistants. I believe we’ll have a good relationship.

“We have two holdovers in Jared Hansen and Mikel Gragg,” Dushane said. “They know the players and they know football. Brian Sprouse gives us a veteran hard working coach. Our junior high coaches, Larry Landers and Kevin Nelson, will help.

“I like challenges,” Dushane said. “I’m supposed to build a program. That’s what we’ll try to do.”

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