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.”