Today marks the beginning of a new era at Richmond High School as Petaluma police officer John Antonio was named as the Oilers’ new head football coach. Antonio served as the offensive coordinator at St. Vincent, a Class A school in Petaluma, for the last two years and was head coach at Calistoga High before that.
All I can say is why not? There is nowhere to go but up for the Oilers, who haven’t been able to finish either of the last two seasons due to a lack of healthy, eligible, or interested players. A new outlook may be what Richmond needs to turn things around and Antonio, who is 29 years old, seems to have plenty of energy for taking on the challenge.
In the larger scheme of things, this seems to be another step in what Principal Orlando Ramos has dubbed “The New Richmond High School.” I, for one, am anxious to see what a new perspective can bring to the table for this troubled program.