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Crater hires Waite as new football coach

Crater High School has announced the hiring of Randy Waite as its head football coach after a six-week search to replace John Beck, who stepped down after guiding the Comets the past 13 years.

Waite comes to Central Point from Rigby High School in Idaho, where he twice led the Trojans to the state semifinals after assuming control of a program that had won four games in four years.

In 17 years as a head coach, Waite amassed an overall record of 113-73 and has consistently increased the participation and success rate at Weston-McEwen High, La Grande High, Ontario High and Rigby High.

“I’m really excited,” said Crater Athletic Director David Heard of the hire. “Randy is just a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to talk to, and I’m super excited about the fact that everywhere he’s been he has increased dramatically the amount of kids wanting to play football for him.”

“Everybody I’ve talked to during this process has said you’d be stupid not to hire him,” added Heard. “We had some other good candidates, but I’m just super excited he will come and make this move and move our program forward.”

In his 13 years at Crater, Beck compiled a 69-68 record with four conference championships. The program’s high-water came in 2015, when Crater advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals for the first time in school history after a program-best 11-0 start. The Midwestern League champions finished 11-1 that season but, with only a handful of holdovers, couldn’t recreate the same magic in 2016 in going 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the MWL to finish in a tie for fourth place.

— Reach reporter Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@mailtribune.com, www.facebook.com/krishenryMT or www.twitter.com/Kris_Henry.