Jake Barro, a Corona del Sol graduate himself, took over coaching duties for the Aztecs a season ago, and his championship pedigree was visible from the start. Before Barro came to Tempe, he led Casa Grande Union High School to the 4A state championship, beating Poston Butte 33-28 and claiming the programs first undefeated record since 1950 and first-ever state title.
Now, he will lead the Aztecs against his former program to open to the 2023-24 season on Aug. 25 at Hascall Henshaw Stadium. Before Barro was at Casa Grande, the program was in shambles. In 2016, Barro led the Gauchos to their first winning record in 10 years. Corona finished its season 5-5 before Barro’s arrival, and during his first year players saw more explosive players and dynamic play calling, which provided a spark for the system. The Aztecs finished 8-3, a drastic change from a year ago, and managed to earn a playoff berth.
With his base set through the players, expect Barro and his key returning playmakers, such as senior quarterback Connor Ackerley and junior receiver Raiden Vines-bright on offense, to shine while the defense anchors down.