Former Highland High School football coach Mike Reardon is heading back to the East Valley to take over Saguaro's program.
Reardon is replacing Stuart Goldstein, who recently accepted the head coaching position at 5A Phoenix North.
Reardon coached four seasons at Highland beginning in 1998 before becoming the coach at Dana Hills High in Dana Point, Calif.
In Reardon's only season at Dana Hills, the Dolphins went 1-9 last fall, including 0-5 in the South Coast League.
In his four seasons at Highland, Reardon's Hawks made the 5A state playoffs three times. Reardon was 24-19 at Highland.
Goldstein was at 4A Saguaro for four seasons. After a 5-5 first season, the Sabercats made it to the state playoffs three straight seasons.
In both 2000 and 2001, the Sabercats lost in the state playoff semifinals to Tucson Sunnyside.
Saguaro did not hold spring football this year because Goldstein quit less than three weeks before it would have started.
Since spring football in Southern California doesn't end until Wednesday, officials at Saguaro and Dana Hills planned to wait until Wednesday to make an official announcement about Reardon's move.
Dana Hills is in Division II, which is the second largest class in Southern California.
Saguaro’s incoming athletic director, Brent Carter, said an announcement concerning the school's new coach will be made Wednesday.