Desert Mountain hires Conrad Hamilton to lead football program

Desert Mountain High School, 12575 E. Via Linda. (Independent Newsmedia/Josh Martinez)

Former Chaparral High School head football coach Conrad Hamilton will take the reins of the Desert Mountain High School football program next season.

Coach Hamilton, who played cornerback in the NFL for six seasons, comes to the Wolves, most recently, from the post of defensive coordinator at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, according to a press release.

“Coach Hamilton will bring a championship culture to our football program, along with academic accountability, and will build strong character in our student athletes,” Desert Mountain Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Stephen Cervantez said in a prepared statement.

“Hands down, Coach Hamilton has one of the best minds in football.”

Coach Hamilton served as defensive coordinator at Chaparral during its 2009 and 2010 state championship seasons and was the Firebirds’ head coach in 2014 and 2015. He also headed up the North Canyon High School football program in 2011 and spent the 2016 season working for then-Arizona State University Head Football Coach Todd Graham.

“I am looking forward to going through the process of building a championship-level football program and helping develop champions every single day,” Coach Hamilton said in a prepared statement.

“Sports, especially football, with its ebbs and flows, and ups and downs, and the perseverance to deal with that, provides students with the mindset of how to attack life in the right way.”

Coach Hamilton succeeds David Sedmak, who left the Wolves football program earlier this year. Desert Mountain was 3-7 overall in the 2018 season. The Wolves play in the Northeast Valley region of 5A.

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