General Bio

My name is Brian Durkan and I have been a teacher and coach for 15 years.  I have been teaching and coaching at Taft Union High School in Taft, California for the last 14 years.  I love my job very much because I get to work with young individuals, and I work along side established colleagues.  I am obtaining a Master's Degree from Fresno Pacific University to become more knowledgeable in my field and to increase my options in the future.

I have been married to Jana Schorling for 7 years.  Jana is a guidance counselor at Taft High, and she has coached tennis and golf there in the past.

In my spare time, I like to golf and spend time with family and friends.

Here is a link to my blog.  http://thingsbriandurkan.blogspot.com


High School:    Taft Union High School
                      Graduated 1988

College/Universities:    Taft College
                                  AA Degree in 1991

                                   California State University, Bakersfield
                                   BS in Physical Education in 1994

Teaching Experience

Tehachapi Unified School District 1995-1996
I taught 1 year at Jacobsen Junior High School as an opportunity teacher for at risk students.

Taft Union High School District 1996-present
I taught at Buena Vista Continuation High School for 7 years where I taught PE along with other subjects.  I taught full time Independent Study at Taft High for the next 2 years teaching various subjects.  I have taught PE at Taft High for the last 5 years, and have been the Department Chair for Physical Education and Health for the last 3 years.

Coaching Experience

Tehachapi High School 1995
Freshman Assistant Coach--Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers and Receivers.

Ridgeview High School 1999-2000
JV Assistant Coach--Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers and Co-Offensive Line.
Varsity Assistant Coach--Outside Linebackers and Co-Offensive Line.

Taft High School 1996-1998; 2001-present
Varsity Assistant ('96)--Outside Linebackers and Co-Offensive Line
Varsity Assistant ('97-'98)--Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers and Co-Offensive Line.
JV Head Coach ('01-'08)--Defensive Coordinator, Offensive Line, Receivers, Defensive Line, and Linebackers.
Varsity Assistant ('09-Present)--Inside Linebackers and Receivers.