IMPACT COACH - Nathan Aazzerah brings his multi-faceted veer running game to the Cardinals

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Corbett head coach Nathan Aazzerah encourages his team as they take the field for last weeks home opener.

Corbett didn't have to travel the yellow brick road to find it's newest football coach — Coach Oz was already on campus as an assistant with the Cardinals track and field team.

While this is his first head-coaching job, Nathan Aazzerah has been an assistant on the prep sidelines for more than 25 years with stops from Sunset, to Reynolds to various Portland schools.

"Corbett has that small-town football feel," Coach Oz said.

He has been focused on the throwers with the track team at Corbett over the past five years — something that proved helpful when he was recruiting the hallways for football.

The team had less than 10 eighth-grade football players last season, but Coach Oz had 16 freshmen listed on his varsity roster.

"That's what we're building the program on," Coach Oz said. "It's a bit of a challenge with that much youth, but I'm fortunate to have a coaching staff that sees the same vision."

After playing an independent schedule in recent years, Corbett was allowed to play down a notch at the 3A level as part of an 11-team Special District 1 grouping, which also includes Tri-Valley school Madras. Coach Oz was part of a similar rebuilding process at Benson High.

In an effort to grow the program, Corbett has a jayvee team this season even though many players will see playing time twice a week. Most of Corbett's jayvee games are played on Monday night's, hitting the OSAA's 60-hour spacing rule, and allowing players to see up to six quarters of action in a given week.

"We feel the value of playing a game outweighs the benefit of another practice," Coach Oz said.

Look for Corbett's team preview in our Friday, Sept. 14, print edition.

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