After interviewing several candidates, the Shakopee school board has announced that the new head football coach will be Ray Betton, current head coach at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.

While there were many great possibilities, Betton was chosen because he had the experience and "such a passion ... to bring Shakopee to the next level" athletically, said Mary Romansky, board member.

Betton will take the job vacated by Jody Stone, who is leaving after nine years to pursue an administrator's license.

Betton, who is licensed to teach special education, will begin either this spring or next fall.