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Changes to the coaching and Athletic Director lineup

7/10/2015

​​Please see below for the new coaching and Athletic Director lineup for the 2015-16 school year and competition seasons in Rockford Public Schools:

Jefferson High School

  • Cory Espensen will take on the role of Jefferson High School athletic director, pending approval from the Rockford School Board. Espensen has worked at Rockford University as the assistant director of athletics since November 2007. Before that, he worked as the department's sports information director. He is also a former men's golf coach for the university and played baseball for the Regents.

  • Football Coach: Ken DuBose was announced in April as the J-Hawks' head football coach for the 2015-16 school year. DuBose most recently worked as the assistant head football coach for the College of DuPage. He also has coaching experience at Harper College and Rock Valley College.

  • Head Girls Basketball Coach: Maurice Smith will take over as the J-Hawks' girls basketball coach. His most recent coaching experience is at Boylan Catholic High School.

  • Assistant Girls Basketball Coach: Carl Armato will take over as the J-Hawks' assistant girls​ basketball coach. Armato is a former Northern Illinois University basketball player and coach who with coaching experience at Rock Valley College, Boylan, DeKalb and Winnebago.

Auburn High School

  • Auburn Assistant Principal Sean Norton is taking over as athletic director. He's replacing head football coach Dan Appino, who will remain at Auburn as a counselor and continue his role as head coach.

  • Track and Field: Assistant coach Kevin Anderson will take over as the team's head coach for the 2015-16 school year.

  • Head Boys Soccer: Joe Downin will take over as the team's head coach for the 2015-16 school year. He's been the head girls coach for the Knights

Guilford High School

  • Head Girls Basketball Coach: Matt Huels will take over as the Vikings head girls basketball coach. Huels spent the past two seasons as Guilford's assistant varsity boys basketball coach under Dean Martinetti, in addition to coaching feeder programs for Rochelle and Harlem high schools.
  • Head Girls Volleyball Coach: Julian Jacques will take over as the Vikings head girls volleyball coach. Jacques has experience coaching at Rockford College (now Rockford University), and he coached Hononegah High School to three conference championships and a state runner-up finish in 2006.​

For more information, please contact Mat Parker, Director of Athletic Activities & Program Development: 815.966.3156  or Mathew.P​arker@rps205.com.