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Rancho replaces football coach with two games left in season

Rancho football coach Perryn Hale Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Rancho football coach Perryn Hale Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Rancho High School officials replaced football coach Perryn Hale last week with two games left in the season, Rams’ Athletic Administrator Joshua Katz said Tuesday.

Rancho, which hasn’t won a game this fall, closes its season Friday against Valley. Hale was in his first year as coach.

Hale was replaced on an interim basis by Jesse Salas, who is also the Rams’ wrestling coach. Katz said the school will advertise the full-time position in the offseason.

Katz, who declined to give a reason for Hale’s departure, said some of the players took the news hard.

“We told them to go out and play as hard as they can,” Katz said. “Some of the kids were unhappy. The best thing they can do is go out, play hard and not give up.”

Hale previously was the coach at Cheyenne in 2009 but was removed in the middle of the season because he inadvertently failed to fulfill the requirements for his teaching license in the Clark County School District’s alternative route to teaching program.

Rancho Principal James Kuzma said he couldn’t discuss personnel issues, saying the change was made in the best interest of the players.

A message left for Hale wasn’t immediately returned.

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