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Story Last modified at 3:18 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mustang staff is tight
New, old faces on Shack's sideline

Alaska Star


Former Colony High head football Jamie Mayo — a fishing buddy of Coach Duncan Shackelford — has joined the Chugiak staff this season as a defensive line coach.
STAR PHOTO s by matt tunseth

Leon Chatman is a '73 Chugiak grad who is entering his fourth season as the team's defensive coordinator.
STAR PHOTO by matt tunseth

Even the new faces on this year's Chugiak coaching staff should be familiar to local football fans.

Head coach Duncan Shackelford this year added 2006 Chugiak grad Matt Devlin and former Colony High head coach Jamie Mayo to join a varsity staff that also includes defensive coordinator Leon Chatman, offensive line coach Ryan Landers, running backs coach Eric Glenn and kicking coach Scott Minor.

"You can never have enough coaches," Chatman said. "The more eyes you have and more input you can give the kids, the better."

Chatman, a 1973 Chugiak grad who played linebacker for Tom Huffer, Sr., is in his fourth season as defensive coordinator. He was the Cook Inlet Conference's Assistant Coach of the Year '09, and is the longest-serving member of the staff, having come on during the tenure of Travis Cantrell in the early 2000s.

"What else can I say about Leon?" Shackelford said. "He's just a damn fine defensive coordinator."

Mayo spent five years as Colony's head coach, leading the Knights to a state runner-up finish in 2006. Mayo — an offseason fishing buddy of Shackelford's — will work with Chugiak's defensive linemen.

Shackelford said the pairing of Mayo and Chatman gives the team a wealth of defensive knowledge to rely on.

"They work really, really well together," Shackelford said.

Devlin, a former Mustangs tight end, was a multi-sport star at Chugiak before going on to play college football at Humboldt State University, where he got his kinesiology degree. Shackelford said Devlin brings a youthful energy to the team that should help boost the passing game.

"He just brings a whole new dimension to the wide receivers," he said.

Chatman said each member of the coaching staff brings a different personality to the table, but they all seem to mesh when it comes to talking football.

"We've got a great staff," he said.

Shackelford, who also serves as the team's offensive coordinator, is now in his eighth season as Chugiak's head coach. He's 33-30 during that time and has guided the team to the playoffs in five of the past seven seasons. Before Chugiak, he was the head coach at Dimond, where he guided the Lynx to state championships in 2000 and '01. In 2000 it was Shackelford's team that defeated Mayo's Colony side for the title.

Contact Matt Tunseth at 694-2727

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.