The 2019-20 college sports season is right around the corner, and a California University graduate is adding to his impressive resume.
After spending the last three years as the Assistant Athletics Director-Equipment Manager at Stanford, Chris Dountas has been hired as the Director of Football Equipment Operations at Colorado.
“The University of Colorado is a great place in one of the most beautiful parts of our country,” Dountas said via phone on his commute to Boulder, Colo., from the Bay Area in California. “They have a strong tradition in football and with a new coaching staff coming in this season things are exciting there.
“Colorado has one of the best equipment facilities in the country. Its relationship with Nike is top notch and they checked all of my boxes.”
Dountas, known to his friends as Donut, hesitated before excitement took over his tone.
“Plus, having the Rocky Mountains as the back drop to our home football games at Folsom Field isn’t bad either,” he said.
Dountas, who graduated from Cal in 2003 with a degree in science and sports management.
“There are so many things that I will miss about Stanford,” he said. “In my three years there, I was able to make countless memories both personally and professionally and will forever be grateful for the opportunities that Stanford gave me.
“It is a special place with special people and student-athletes. Working with them on a daily basis is what I will miss the most.”
While at Stanford, the Cardinal won 17 team national championships, 53 individual national championships and three Directors Cup trophies, extending it streak to 25 in a row.
Dountas begins his new job Monday. He is not new to the area.
“I have several family members that live an hour away in Ft. Collins so I have been traveling there for years,” he said. “The whole area, with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and the overall beauty of that part of the country, is spectacular.”
Dountas has also spent time as an equipment manager at Central Florida, Connecticut and Pitt. He is already looking ahead to Nov. 9, when Stanford’s football team plays at Colorado.
“It will be mixed emotions,” he said. “I have a lot of friends who are still involved with Stanford’s program. However, it will be I good test against one of the better teams in the Pac 12. It definitely won’t be a normal game for me.”
Mary Dunn was the featured speaker at the Trinity Hillers Boys Basketball Camp.
Dunn, a junior at Youngstown State, was a First Team All-Horizon League Selection and one of only 15 Division 1 women’s players in the country to be named Academic All-American. Dunn gave insight into the college game and answered questions. The Hillers camp was well attended with nearly 100 campers.
Dunn was Youngstown’s State’s leading score at 13.2 points per game, which ranked fifth in the Horizona League. She also was third in the conference with a .567 field-goal percentage and sixth in blocked shots per game.
Former South Fayette High School standout Evan Bonnaure has been hired as an assistant coach at Allegheny.
Bonnaure spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at East Stroudsburg. Prior to that, he played four seasons at La Roche.
“I am extremely excited to have Evan join our staff and basketball family,” said Allegheny coach Bob Simmons. “Evan brings a winning attitude to our basketball family and comes highly recommended. He was a winner as a student-athlete at the Division III level and as a graduate assistant coach at the Division II level. He will be a great role model to our men both on and off the court. He is a tireless worker and will help us continue to move towards our goal of being the gold standard in the conference.”
While Bonnaure was at East Stroudsburg, the Warriors made a pair of Division II tournaments, including a run to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, S.D during the 2017-18 season. East Stroudsburg was 48-14 over the past two years.
Bonnaure was a team captain at La Roche as a senior in 2016-17. He was a key contributor to a program that notched its first 20-win season in nearly a decade and reached the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship game. During that season he averaged 11.1 points per game, was an all-conference selection and named to the All-AMCC tournament team.