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Brandon Keith

Retired NFL Pro to Fly With the SRHS Eagles as New Head Football Coach

He’s been a Buffalo, a Golden Norseman, a Sooner, a Panther, a Cardinal, a Viking and a Bear.

Now, Brandon Keith will take flight as an Eagle and the new head coach of Salt River High School’s 8-man football team.

“What’s most exciting about Coach Keith is his purposeful intention to share his personal experiences with his new team,” said SRHS Athletic Director Brandon Tauscher. “His playing and coaching resume blows you away on its own, but how he came to witness his success is what truly separates our new coach. Stories and lessons on perseverance and commitment reaches beyond the game of football and is something that will stay with players long after their Friday night lights.”

Keith, 32, will begin practicing with his new team in early August. As members of the Canyon Athletic Association, the Eagles, who went 5-4 last season and made it to the playoffs for the first time in eight years, will play their first game this September. The team boasts 12 returning players.

“I want to continue to build on the upswing from last year. In order to grow, we must continue to build on the good and learn from the bad of each season,” said Keith.

“We want to make football and classroom success goals instead of dreams,” Keith continued. “We want to help these kids realize they are blazing a trail for future students, to encourage them to jump at an opportunity and be a part of something special. That also means bringing together the Community to support and to be proud of what we are building here at Salt River High School.”

Brandon Keith when he played for the Arizona Cardinals.
Before being named head football coach at SRHS, Keith helmed the offensive line for the Phoenix College Bears. After playing for the Arizona Cardinals from 2008-2012, Keith played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2013 before retiring from professional football in 2014.

“We’re excited to have Mr. Keith as our new head football coach,” said SRHS Principal Brian Mabb. “He has a great depth of coaching and football experiences that will help us to have an amazing and fresh, new start this season.”

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