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Jared McGranahan happy to be Whitnall's new football coach

Was previously the head coach at Cumberland High School

April 15, 2014

When Jared McGranahan went looking for a football coaching job in the metro Milwaukee area, the vacant Whitnall High School head spot jumped out at him.

McGranahan, 29, was the head coach at Cumberland High School in the northwest part of Wisconsin in 2013, and he guided the Beavers to a 5-4 record and a berth in the WIAA Division 5 state playoffs.

Soon after that season, however, McGranahan started seeking another opportunity for personal reasons.

His fiance, Kelley Wampfler, had earned a degree in forensic investigation and had little chance to fully utilize those skills in the smaller town of Cumberland.

"We wanted to get near a major city, where she could more easily find such a position," McGranahan said, "so I thought once I saw anything posted (for football), I would contact those people.

"Once the Whitnall job came open, I contacted some coaches in the Milwaukee area, and they all encouraged me to take the position."

Likes the district

He then interviewed for the head position, which had opened up when Jeff Wallack resigned in February after two seasons with a 7-11 overall record.

McGranahan got the job, and he is glad he did.

"The kids in the district are good kids, not troublemakers," he said. "Whitnall is a good district with a strong administration. Also, we like the area. It's just a short drive to Milwaukee, but (the suburban area) has that small-town feel, which attracted me.

"(In addition), this is also a much greater pool of opportunities for my fiance."

McGranahan wasn't the only coach who showed some interest in the Falcons' job, according to athletics and activities director Scott Bruening.

"Thanks to our great student-athletes and our first-class football facilities, we had a lot of interest in our head football coaching position, and we are confident we found a great coach," Bruening said.

Before coaching at Cumberland, McGranahan coached running backs and safeties at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He also served as assistant coach at Cuba City High School in 2009 and as a youth football coach in Darlington (Wis.) from 2006-08.

He has a simple coaching philosophy.

"I want to play to the strength of my personnel," he said. "Some places I've coached, we've run 90 percent of the time, and others, we threw the majority of the time."

Good balance

At Cumberland last season, the Beavers boasted a balanced offense, collecting more than 2,000 yards on the ground and more than 1,400 yards through the air.

"We had good skill kids and good athletes," he said. "We were able to attack downfield."

He has a background in teaching physical education and health but has also served as a special education aide. His position at Whitnall has yet to be determined, he said.

McGranahan and Wampfler plan to move to this area in June and will be married in June of 2015.

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