Carl Hargrave, an assistant football coach at Phoenix South Mountain High School, has been named the new head football coach at Mesa Community College.
Hargrave, a former Cardinals tight ends coach under Dennis Green and also on Green’s staff with the Minnesota Vikings from 1994-2001, won the job over current interim coach Mike Jacobs.
“I love the excitement here at MCC, with the kids and in the department,” Hargrave said in a brief statement. “I can’t wait to get started.”
Hargrave was hired with the hopes he can bring a national championship to MCC, one of the largest community colleges in the nation with more than 25,000 students, said Todd Bolser, media relations spokesman for the Thunderbirds.
Hargrave concurred in a statement to the media.
“When we start talking about a national championship at Mesa Community College, we will not just talk the talk, we will walk the walk.”
The Thunderbirds’ last national title was in 1975. They won three Valley of the Sun Bowls since that time, in 1989, 1994, and last year’s 47-31 win over Fort Scott (Kan.) under coach Dan Dunn.
This season, under Jacobs, the team finished 3-7.
Jacobs was a finalist, but Hargrave’s résumé — which includes working under Hayden Fry at the University of Iowa — gave him an edge, school officials said.
Hargrave will be officially announced as coach Thursday afternoon at the school.