Vista Ridge names Jason Cauley new football coach

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Vista Ridge has found its new football coach. On Friday, athletic director Sam Baldwin confirmed to CHSAANow.com that Jason Cauley will command the Wolves' sideline next fall.

Cauley spent one year at Scottsdale Christian in Arizona and was looking for the right place for his family to live. He looked at Colorado Springs and when the Vista Ridge job came open, he jumped at the chance.

"Originally I was just looking in the area of Colorado Springs," Cauley said. "I saw it was a newer school, a bigger school and I liked the demographics of it. It was a great opportunity for my family as well to be a part of that community."

Cauley's Scottsdale team went 7-4 last season, but they scored an average of nearly 40 points per game. He made no secret of the fact that he intends for his version of the Wolves to play at a high tempo and put points on the board often.

"They're going to play fast," he said. "I'm an offensive guy, but I know defense wins championships. It's exciting to me and I love putting pressure on opposing defenses."

Cauley originally grew up in Alabama and cites former University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez as a major influence of his coaching systems.