Red Mountain High School has submitted a name to the human resources department of the Mesa Unified School District for its new football coach and could be ready to offer the job as early as Friday.
Red Mountain athletic director Mike Anderson could not comment on the identity of the leading candidate, but one new name that has surfaced in the Mountain Lions' search is Ron Wisniewski.
Wisniewski is currently the tight ends coach at Princeton and has 21 years of college assistant coaching experience at six schools.
Anderson did confirm that Wisniewski is one of five finalists for the position. Other known finalists are Brophy Prep defensive coordinator Gary Galante and Saguaro offensive coordinator Matt Lewis. The other two finalists are out-of-state candidates.
Wisniewski has made his name on the offensive side of the ball and has served as everything from an offensive coordinator to a skills position coach.
He has been at Princeton for one year. Prior to that, he coached wide receivers and coordinated recruiting efforts at Wyoming for six seasons. For three years prior to that, he was the wide receivers and tight ends coach at the University of Montana.
From 1994-99, Wisniewski was the tight ends coach at Northern Colorado, which won Division II national championships in 1996 and '97.
He has also been a running backs coach at Division II East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, an offensive coordinator at Division III Kean College (N.J.), and coached at the high school level in New Jersey for two years after graduating from Rutgers in 1987. His offense at Kean set nine school records in 1992.
Wisniewski has a bachelor of arts degree in astrophysics from Rutgers, a master of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in educational mathematics from Northern Colorado.
Among the other finalists, Galante has been a head coach at Arizona Boys Ranch (now Canyon State Academy) and has assisted at Gilbert and Brophy most recently.
Lewis has been an assistant at Saguaro on two different occasions and worked on Mike Reardon's staff at Highland and Saguaro. He also has been a head coach at a small school in Texas.
Another finalist who dropped out late last week was Rodger Schenks, the Mountain Lions offensive coordinator the last two seasons. Schenks opted to take the head coaching position at San Tan Foothills High.