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The Future of Dragon Football

O’Dowd Head Varsity Football Coach Napoleon Kaufman announced that he is stepping down from his position, which he has held since 2014. “We are incredibly grateful and appreciative of Coach Kaufman for his years of service and dedication,” said Mike Bowler, Athletic Director. Kaufman has played a key role in the football program, leading O’Dowd to become state champions in 2016, league champions in 2017, and NCS champions in 2018.

Bowler and Assistant Athletic Director Hillary Kigar met with graduating and returning O’Dowd football players this week and confirmed Coach Kaufman’s announcement, as well as informed them that the school will be doing a formal search for next coach who will continue to build and strengthen the football program. Bowler and Kigar also reassured student-players that Coach Kaufman is committed to supporting O’Dowd juniors, seniors, and their families with the college recruitment process this winter and early spring.

“We wish Coach Kaufman well as he spends his energy and time with his family and in his ministry.  He will always be welcomed as a member of our Dragon athletic community,” said Jase Turner, Associate Principal.

O’Dowd will begin accepting applications for a Head Varsity Football Coach in the coming weeks. The school seeks a person who embodies the school’s mission, culture, and charism, is a proven leader who is also a great teacher, and has the ability to assemble an outstanding coaching staff.  This person should be a skillful communicator who will embrace and support a balance of academic and athletic excellence at O’Dowd.

The job will be posted soon on the school’s website. All applications for the position should be submitted through O’Dowd’s online hiring portal.


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