ST. GEORGE – Dixie State University athletic director Jason Boothe announced Shay McClure as the new head football coach at a press conference Monday afternoon.
McClure, who joined the Dixie State staff last year as the defensive coordinator for head coach Scott Brumfield, will try and turn Dixie State into a winner in football. The Red Storm has never had a winning season since moving from junior college to NCAA Division II in 2006.
Prior to the 2015 season, McClure coached for nine years at Humboldt State University, a rival school from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). McClure has a total of 21 years of college coaching experience, including one year as an interim head coach at Southern Oregon University in 2005.
“We had many candidates that met the qualifications,” Boothe said. “But Shay’s experience, leadership and tireless work ethic, in combination with support of a majority of the team, made him the best candidate.”
McClure also has extensive experience recruiting, a key element of any college football program. When asked about his plans for recruiting southern Utah, McClure was emphatic.
“We are going to place a fence around St. George,” he said. “If there is a young man who excels and is a fit for our program, he is going to know that we want him in our program.”
McClure also said the answer to Dixie State’s football problems will take time to find.
“The elements for a successful program are here,” he said. “We do not want to build a team with short-term success, but a program with long-term, sustained success.”
McClure takes over a team that is in transition from the GNAC to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). The RMAC had four separate teams ranked in the Top 25 throughout last season.
“We are excited about going into a new conference and the possibilities that this transition will bring to the program,” McClure said.
McClure replaces Scott Brumfield as the head of the DSU program. Brumfield resigned after six years at the helm of the Storm. He compiled a record of 14-50.
McClure relocated to St. George last year with his wife Stacey and his three children, Taryn, Daeton and Aubree.
A native of McCloud, Calif., McClure earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern Oregon, where he played defensive back from 1992-94.
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