Former Agua Fria coach returns to West Valley
After four years away from high school football, a familiar West Valley face is back.
Kelly Epley was hired by Youngker High School Jan. 21 to be the school’s third head football coach, replacing Mat York.
“I’m pretty excited, I’m kind of walking around with a little kick in my step,” Epley said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but. I took a couple years off [from high school] – was an assistant at the junior college level, there’s not much stress there, which is nice – it’s nice to calm down and relax a little bit, but I kind of like a little bit of a challenge, a little bit of a fight. I kind of enjoy that.”
Epley spent 10 years as Agua Fria’s head football coach (2001-2010), and after stepping down he coached at Glendale Community College. He’s ready to get back to high school, he said.