Colton athletic director Harold Strauss, who won 229 games in a storied high school career at Colton, Bloomington Christian and in Oregon, will be inducted into the Southern California High School Coaches Hall of Fame this weekend and honored at a banquet on Sunday.
Strauss is the second Inland Empire coaching legend to receive this honor in as many years, as former Fontana and Kaiser coach Dick Bruich received the honor last year. Bruich will be one of the keynote speakers at Sunday’s banquet.
After nearly six months of waiting, redrafting job ads and indecision, Colton High School decided that it was best to not mess with a good thing.
The Yellowjackets selected from within the Colton football family to replace Harold Strauss Thursday, as it hired longtime assistant coach Rick Bray. Bray, who has been an assistant at Colton for 21 of the past 25 years, including the entirety of Strauss’ tenure, was approved at Thursday’s Colton Unified School District school board meeting.
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The Colton football coaching search saga has taken another turn, as the Colton Unified School district reposted the ad for the position last week.
One of the applicants for the position, which closes Friday, is former coach and current athletic director Harold Strauss. Strauss, who has 229 victories in his high-school coaching career, would seem like the no-brainer choice, but he isn’t quite sure that’s the case.
“I pulled the trigger and came to terms with not coaching again and being the full-time athletic director, so we’ll see what happens,” Strauss said. “If I’m the coach, I’ll go out there and give it my all, but we’ll see how everything plays out.”
Strauss, who coached the Yellowjackets, indicated that interviews would be held next week and that the target date for a new hire is May 17, the first day of spring practice for Colton.