Charlie Ragle’s greatest coaching experiences have come as a high school football coach in Scottsdale Chaparral, leading the Firebirds to three consecutive state titles from 2009-2011.
So after years as a college assistant in Arizona and California, Ragle’s first college head coach job at Idaho State brought him back to Arizona.
It will be a big recruiting for him. Not just for the players but for the coaches.
So far, he’s brought in two assistants who have ties to him from his Championship days at Chaparral – former two-time player of the year Gatorade Arizona Davonte ‘Neal and defensive line coach Vince Amey.
Both men served as Gilbert Higley’s assistant coaches during the last season of high school football.
Neal, who helped Chaparral win successive state titles in 2010 and ’11 and during his senior season ran over 1,000 yards and tallied over 1,000 receiving yards while being a cornerback. locked, will coach the cornerbacks at Idaho State.
Amey will be a defensive line coach under Ragle.
“They are winners,” Ragle said in a text. “Great people. Vince is a certified winner and proven coach. His enthusiasm is contagious.
“Davonte ‘brings the same kind of energy and he will get along well with the players. He has a huge advantage as a coach.”
Neal, a wide high school and college corner receiver, played in Notre Dame and Arizona after a successful high school career.
Amey’s son Myles, a senior linebacker, this weekend became the first Arizona high school player to sign with Ragle to play Pocatello. He signed up a day after former Higley offensive lineman Avery Demmons, a transfer from Arkansas state, signed up to play for Ragle.
“Myles is a young player who gets better every day,” said Higley head coach Eddy Zubey. “He works hard and understands the game. Once you tell him something and he sees it, he’s natural. He’s going to be awesome in Idaho State. He’s a good choice.”
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Charlie Ragle’s Idaho State First Team Has Close Ties To Higley