KUNA — After the sudden resignation of Ian Smart, the Kuna school district decided to hire a new high school football coach from a nearby district.

“Kuna High School is pleased to announce Sherm Blaser as its new head football coach,” district spokesman David Reinhart told the Kuna Melba News. “Coach Blaser has served as the head football coach of Melba High School since 2014.”

Blaser was a tight end for Boise State University’s football team from 2003-2007, Reinhart said, where he had a successful career. He has also coached at William Mason and Skyview high schools as an offensive coordinator.

“We are thrilled to welcome coach Blaser,” Kuna school district Athletic Director Greg Carpenter said. “He brings tremendous experience to our strong tradition.”

Former coach Ian Smart announced his resignation in April after he was hired on at Timberline High School in Boise.

Smart, a former Boise State defensive lineman, has been the coach of the Kavemen for the past three seasons. He has posted a 17-14 record and led Kuna to state playoff appearances in each of his three seasons. He also oversaw the team’s move up from the 4A to 5A classification before the start of this season.

Reinhart said the past year has been tough for the Kuna Kavemen football team.

In September, Kuna assistant football coach, Robby Lee Washington, was arrested on drug charges and was fired from the football program. In October, former NFL coach Mike Christianson stepped in as a favor to Smart to help the team by being the assistant coach.

Now that Smart is leaving the program, Christianson will be leaving, too.

Blaser’s contract will begin for the 2017-18 school year and he will be able to hire new assistant coaches. Reinhart said hiring Blaser is an exciting opportunity for the football program.

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