Veteran master builder of programs, Jeff Scurran, is already bringing about change to Rio Rico football, which has only one winning record in its first 25 years of existence.
Scurran has gained a commitment from Arizona lineman great Glenn Parker, a five-time Super Bowl veteran, to hold an offensive lineman camp at Rio Rico on Saturday.
The fee for the camp that involves students grades 6 through 12 is free, according to Scurran, and organizers are requesting participants to bring cleats and water. It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Scurran is also behind Rio Rico hosting a seminar Aug. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. called, “Navigating the College Recruiting Process.”
The event is designed for parents of potential prospects from Southern Arizona to understand the recruiting process.
Derek van der Merwe, assistant vice president and chief operating officer of the Univeristy of Arizona, is the keynote speaker.
Pima College athletic director Joe Monaco and NAU deputy athletic director Uri Farkas are also part of the panel.
To be discussed:
- Understanding NCAA rules and procedure requirements for different levels of competition
- Junior college and NAIA procedures
- Financial aid requirements and tips
- Guideline of talking with college coaches and recruiters
Scurran is taking over a Rio Rico program that was 0-8 last year and has only one winning season (6-5 in 2013) since the school played its first varsity season in 1997.
He is trying to achieve another major rebuilding job after experiencing success in a similar way at Sabino, CDO, Santa Rita, Catalina Foothills and Pima College.
Scurran, 74, has taken over winless programs the previous season at Dalles (Ore.) Wahtonka High School, Santa Rita and Catalina Foothills and has taken them to the state playoffs in his first season.