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Chris Turner hired as new Ygnacio Valley football coach

By Ben Enos
Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 9:46 pm in East Bay Football.

Here’s the story I wrote for tomorrow’s paper.

Ygnacio Valley High has hired former Raiders assistant coach Chris Turner to become its new head football coach for the 2009 season.

Turner, who has also coached at San Jose State and Bucknell, spent 2008 as the offensive line coach at his alma mater, Alhambra. He is the nephew of San DIego Chargers coach Norv Turner and Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

“I made a decision a while back that I wanted to go back to school and get a credential and become a head coach,” Turner said. “I was coaching the offensive line at Alhambra last year and was kind of set to do that again next year but the Ygnacio Valley job came up and I just felt it was too good an opportunity to pass up.”

Turner was an offensive assistant for Bill Callahan when the Raiders played in Super Bowl XXXVII. He comes from an offensive background, and said fans can expect a change from the double-wing, double-tight offense that the Warriors have featured over the past several seasons.

“It’s a challenge that I’m going to have, transitioning to more of a pro-style offense,” Turner said. “I believe in running the football and power football and that’s their strength. I think we match up well that way.”

Turner said he accepted the job Wednesday and has spent the last few days meeting the players. He is replacing Josh Davis, who resigned earlier this month after three seasons.

“I know they are tough, physical kids and those are the kids I like to coach,” Turner said. “I’ve been around them a little this week and they seem like great kids and tough kids.”

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  • STEVE LIPARY

    YGNACIO VALLEY HIGH IS VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE AQUIRED SUCH A TALENTED AND EXPERIENCED COACH.WITH CHRIS TURNERS IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF A PRO STYLE OFFENSE THE WARRIORS PROGRAM IS GOING TO BE A FORCE FOR YEARS TO COME.THOSE KIDS AND COACHES HAVE A REAL CHANCE TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE TO THE COLLEGE LEVEL AND POSSIBLY BEYOND.
    SINCERELY,
    STEVE LIPARY

  • YV daddy

    Not sure how a pro style offense will work here… We have just been Double Wing for so long thats all the kids have ever done. What will he do with Patrone? He would be a perfect Fullback in a pro style offense.

    I see he has great NFl and college experience but only one year of HS football. Coaching HS is completely different, he has to worry about keeping kids eligible, and all of the other administrative business that goes along with coaching HS football. especially at a school like YV

  • Coach

    He’ll be there for 1 or 2 seasons before they go shopping around again. I heard Patrone will be transferring.

  • Jet4Ever52

    Coach

    tranferring to where?

  • Coach

    Grant High School

  • onemoretd4usc

    Patrone would be smart to stick locally and follow his old coach to Las Lomas!

  • YV daddy

    I have been hearing for about the last year that Patrone wants to transfer to Las Lomas

  • HAAL Fan

    I believe that it would ruin his eligibility. Rules of undue influence state that he cannot play at a school where his former coach is coaching.

  • yv fan

    He actually has 5 years high school coaching experience. 3 at Alhambra H.S after he graduated and 2 at huntington beach hs in orange co.
    His offense will feature a power running game that will fit patrones skills perfectly.

  • BigGreen

    Yeah I agree with YV fan. If he really wants to show he can run the ball on the next level, the pro style offense will suit him best, and if he were to transfer to Grant he would be going to a passing team, what sense would that make. Plus I heard his old coach is going to Acalanes with their new coach.

  • E_CULB

    Man, if the kid can play the coaches will find him. You dont just lead the area in rushing for like two years and not go unoticed. He needs to stay were he is and show what he can do.