Dinuba High’s football coaching search didn’t have to go far to nab their next head coach.

Longtime assistant Carlos Barajas was named the school’s coach in an announcement last week. Barajas has coached at DHS for the past 18 years and has an extensive coaching background. He has served as the defensive coordinator for the team and has helped them to two section championships. During that time frame, the Emperors have appeared in five section championships.

In a press release announcing the hire, Dinuba High Athletic Director John C. Frietas said, “He brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to our football program. His passion and enthusiasm for the game of football is contagious. Coach Barajas will provide great leadership for our program.”

Barajas takes over for Kevin Scharton who will be the head coach for Redwood.

This past season, the Emperors finished with an overall record of  9-1 and a share of the Central Sequoia League crown.

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