Irvington hires Silvernale as new football coach

Zack Silvernale has been tabbed as the new football coach at Irvington High. Silvernale, 24, is a 2003 graduate of Irvington and served as the team’s quarterback coach the past three seasons.

He replaces Casey Kester, who was not retained because the school wanted to hire an on-campus coach, said Irvington Athletic Director Jeff Fern. Silvernale has been a history teacher at Irvington since graduating from Chico State in 2007.

“I grew up bleeding blue and white and have been teaching here the past three years,” Silvernale said. “The biggest challenge for us is to restore faith in the Irvington football program both at the school and in the community.”

Silvernale is the third coach at Irvington since Bob Spain left after the 2006 season to take over at Dougherty Valley.

The Vikings went 2-8 under Kester this year and were 6-14 in the two prior years under Darrell Lutz, who will join Silvernale’s staff as the defensive coordinator.

They were 18-7 in Spain’s final two years, qualified for the 2005 NCS 3A title game and went to the 3A semifinals in 2006. They also ended James Logan’s 40-game MVAL win streak in 2006 when they won the MVAL title.

Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.