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Inland Empire: Bray will remain football coach at Colton

May, 6, 2011
After another 24 hours of twists and turns, Rick Bray is back as head football coach at Colton High School.

Don Markham, meanwhile, is staying at Compton High.

Bray took over the Colton program last May and led the Yellowjackets to their first Southern Section championship in 32 years, but the job was re-opened following the season to satisfy the Rialto Rule, which gives hiring preference to on-campus teachers.

Before taking over as head coach, Bray had been an assistant at the school for 21 of the previous 25 years but wasn’t a certified teacher.

Markham, who has amassed 309 career victories while coaching at eight high schools, was teaching at Colton when he threw his name in the hat for the head coaching position, even though he had accepted the same job at Compton two months earlier.

According to reports, Markham began looking at the Colton position because he wasn’t guaranteed an on-campus job at Compton. That changed this week when the Tarbabes placed him on staff as a weightlifting instructor.

With his employment at Compton secured and Bray the popular choice to retain his job, Markham reportedly pulled his name out of the running for the Colton position, leaving Bray as the only remaining candidate.

Bray was confirmed as head coach by a 7-0 vote during Thursday evening’s Colton Joint Unified School District meeting.

For one of those rare occasions, it appears all sides came out a winner.

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Inland Empire: Colton's coaching position takes another turn

May, 4, 2011
Some of the juiciest high school football stories always seem to happen in the offseason.

Take, for instance, what’s going on at Colton High School.

First, a little background:

The Yellowjackets were searching for a head coach this time last year, and the most obvious candidate to take the reigns from Harold Strauss was right in front of them, Rick Bray, who had been an assistant at the school for 21 of the previous 25 years.

The only snag was, Bray was a security guard at the school and not a certified teacher. His hiring prospects put him behind the 8-ball in relation to the Rialto Rule, an education code stipulation that gives preference to certified teachers.

After six months of hand-wringing by the Colton Joint Unified School District, and with no better qualified candidates stepping forward, board members went ahead and approved Bray’s hiring in May of last year.

Bray then went out and made everyone look like geniuses, leading unseeded Colton to its first Southern Section football championship in 32 years.

But now Bray is back on the outside looking in, his job re-opened courtesy of the Rialto Rule, and this time there’s competition for the job, very well-known competition.

Don Markham, 71, is not only an on-campus teacher at Colton, but he owns 309 career victories and five section titles during stints at eight different high schools.

A gruff, iconic figure in the Inland Empire, Markham became well known for his creation of the tightly-bunched double-wing offense, which he used season after season to churn out thousands of yards and hundreds of points, despite not always have the best talent on the field.

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