Former Oakland Raiders star running back Napoleon Kaufman has been selected as Bishop O’Dowd High School’s new varsity head football coach.
Kaufman, 40, isn’t a stranger to the O’Dowd sidelines. He helped coach the frosh team during the 2012 season, when his son, Napoleon Jr. ’16, played at that level.
“We are excited to welcome Napoleon as our new head coach. His vision, persona and background made him the right candidate to lead building character in our young men,” O’Dowd Athletic Director Mike Bowler said.
Added Principal Pam Shay, “We believe our young men will benefit greatly from Napoleon’s positive outlook and leadership. After all, what a gain for our football program having a man at the helm whose life is committed to gospel values, has worn the Raiders uniform and has a special love for the Dragons?”
Kaufman is excited about the opportunity to coach at O’Dowd. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this awesome academic institution. It is a privilege for me to be the head coach and I look forward to helping to build a great program that will represent this community,” Kaufman said.
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The annual men’s alumni basketball games will be held on Friday, Nov. 29.
Veteran alumni (those in the Class of 2000 and older) will play the junior varsity at 1 p.m. Young alumni (those in the Class of 2001 or younger) will take on the varsity at 3 p.m.
Alumni are invited to remain after the games for snacks and to mingle.
Contact varsity men’s basketball coach Lou Richie if you are interested in playing or for more information.
Bishop O’Dowd High School and Hardy Nickerson announced this week that Nickerson will not return for a fifth season as head varsity football coach.
“We thank Hardy for his football knowledge, hard work and caring for the student-athletes that he coached,” O’Dowd Athletic Director Mike Bowler said. “He’s been a true professional that has carried out the school’s mission. He’ll always be a Dragon.”
Principal Pam Shay said Nickerson will be missed. “We are sad to see Hardy leave us. He has been a great support to our school – both on and off the field. This is a man who cares deeply about the integrity and academic success of every player. We are grateful to Coach Nickerson for his example and will cherish the leadership he has provided.”
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Congratulations to Channing Nesbitt who has signed his Letter of Intent to attend and play for the University of Washington.
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