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Bradshaw Mountain football coach Chuck Moller dies on Memorial Day

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 5/26/2020 Dana Scott, Arizona Republic

Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain football coach Chuck Moller died at his home in that same city at age 58 on Memorial Day.

The death of Moller was confirmed by Humboldt Unified School District spokesperson Kelly Lee on Monday afternoon, according to The Daily Courier

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

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The Eagle Bend, Minnesota native was hired by Bradshaw Mountain in April 2017. Moller had a .548 winning percentage during his three seasons for the Bears which had a 5-5 record in 2019. His only winning season was an 8-3 record in 2018. The Bears began that season at 7-0. Moller also led Bradshaw Mountain to its only 4A state playoff berth in his tenure and lost in the first round as an eighth seed.

Moller had football coaching experience that spanned over 30 years at the high school, junior college and Power 5 college conference schools dating back to 1984.

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"You take something for every job you get," Moller said upon his hire at Bradshaw Mountain. "We beg, borrow and steal from each and do your own thing in the end."

Prior to his time at Bradshaw Mountain, Moller was on several coaching staffs including his work under former Associated Press Coach of the Year Les Miles at Oklahoma State (2001-2004), was an offensive line and tight ends coach at Stanford (1997-2001), and was a tight end coach at New Mexico (1992-1996). 

Moller began coaching career in 1984 at his alma mater University of Minnesota-Morris, two years after his college football playing career as an offensive guard ended.

He had several other one-year stints in multiple assistant coaching positions at Fergus Fall Community College, North Dakota State, Pittsburg State, Southwest Texas State, from 1985 to 1991, respectively. 

After Moller led University of Minnesota-Crookston to a 1-10 record in 2011, he stepped down as head coach. Moller reentered the coaching ranks in Arizona where he was named San Carlos Secondary School football head coach in 2014. He doubled as a physical education teacher at the school for the following three seasons before arriving at Bradshaw Mountain.

Shawn Pietila, who was the San Carlos varsity football head coach from 2008 to 2018, was a close friend and former teaching colleague of Moller.

Pietila recalls Moller's passion for teaching football on the San Carlos Apache native reservation's youth in southeastern Arizona during their mutual time there. 

"It's not everyday that you have someone with his background of experience and knowledge of the game come in and become a member of the community in such a small rural area," Pietila said. "Chuck was great for the kids of San Carlos. He used the sport of football to teach life lessons, not only for the students but the adults in his circle as well. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and told the best stories you could imagine.  

"He also had a great work ethic. I can't remember him missing a day of work in the three years we worked together. He absolutely loved the game of football. He would talk X's & O's for hours. He truly believed in teaching the young players and coaches the value of being fundamentally sound."

Moller is survived by son Zachary and daughter Mackenzie.

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