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Perenon dismissed as O’Dowd football coach

Paul Perenon is out as head football coach after 25 years at Bishop O’Dowd High, the school and a lawyer representing the coach said Monday.

Perenon, one of the East Bay’s most successful coaches with a 209-75-2 record, was called into a meeting Friday to review comments made about him by some players and subsequently was “told he wouldn’t be the football coach anymore,” attorney Stephen Jaffe said.

The school released a statement Monday evening announcing that “Perenon’s contract as varsity football coach will not be renewed, but Perenon will remain at O’Dowd as (a physical education) teacher and head of the P.E. department.”

“We want to thank Paul for his years of service as a coach and his dedication to the game of football,” O’Dowd president Steve Phelps and principal Joe Salamack said in the statement.

Perenon declined to comment, directing questions to his attorney because the case could involve litigation.

“They gave Paul a choice of resigning or them taking action against him,” Jaffe said. “Paul has no intention of resigning. If they want him out, they’re going to have to push him out the door.”

Jaffe said there will be a mediation procedure in March as the Diocese of Oakland — the administrator of Bishop O’Dowd — reviews the complaints against Perenon. Jaffe said his client will reserve the right to seek legal action against the dismissal, pending the result of mediation.

“I don’t know if it’s unique, but (Perenon’s) not aware of any other athletic employee reviewed in this manner,” Jaffe said. “There’s really no reason, no rational reason for this dismissal.”

Jaffe also is representing four O’Dowd teachers whose contracts were not renewed last year. They include golf coach Dick Roza, a 52-year veteran of the school, and music director Leonard Rossi, who had taught at O’Dowd for 38 years. Jaffe said another of his clients is a still-employed social studies teacher who has been stripped of some classroom duties.

Perenon, who won his 200th game in 2008, led the Dragons to three North Coast Section titles, most recently a 2A East Bay crown in 2004. His teams captured two straight 3A East Bay titles in 1997-98 and won four consecutive Hayward Area Athletic League titles from 1996-99.

Support for the longtime coach has begun to pour in since word of Perenon’s dismissal started circulating late last week.

“We’ve received a lot of letters from past players, present players and so on in his support that are being forwarded to the school and the diocese,” Jaffe said.

O’Dowd senior Mario Brown, the HAAL’s leading rusher this season and a first-team all-league selection, expressed his appreciation for Perenon.

“I love him as a coach,” Brown said. “It’s sad to see him go. It’s just the way things work out. He was good to me and all the O’Dowd players.”

 Staff writer Katy Murphy contributed to this report.

Here are two videos that touch on the career of Perenon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXIUABij-hs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol1BUYDP00s

Jimmy Durkin

I cover mostly San Jose State football for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group, but also fill in from time to time with the 49ers, Warriors, A's and Giants.

  • DRAGNPRIDE

    Why … it does seem high, but, from I have been told by folks elsewhere, it is not altogether uncommon for a school to have a class that is just not “football” motivated. I did look at one of my child’s yearbook from four years ago to actually “see” the numbers. Freshman squad size was low 30′s. Many kids have chosen to play just one sport (only 1 kid playing both basketball and football at varsity level this year). Some kids, I’m told, are no longer at school (academic issues, financial, relocations, etc.). And some not involved any more. My child told me, when I asked about individual kids in the team picture, that football was not a sport for them after trying it as freshman. My kid also said for a handful of them that it was a good decision on their part not to play any further. Without being cruel or hurtful, my kid said, respectfully, not the sport for them! I am also sure that some did not want to commit to summer workouts, etc. But that goes with the game. It is hard to play that sport without the summer prep necessary. That is a fact of life in order to field a competitive team. Coach P offers the kids the opportunity to be in a complete program. The ones that get the most out of it are the ones that put the most into it. That is no different anywhere else. Good for Si to have a program with no sophs on varsity and no frosh on JV. But if that is one of your standards for measuring the state of football at BOD, then one should question the sophs on varsity basketball, on the soccer squads, on the baseball and softball teams and in all sports.

    Also, Why, you did not respond to my question of attrition rates in the other sports at BOD? Take a look. You might reconsider your point of view!

  • PJsDad

    DRAGONPRIDE you’re my hero!!!

  • PJsDad

    Harkanewday, you still continue to bash Perenon, but refuse to give first hand accounts of why you believe him to be a cancer. Please, give me one reason why you hate the man so much. Was he mean to you when you played or did he yell at your lazy kid? Please, explain.

  • Harkanewday

    He wasn’t mean to me. I just hated him because he picked on my buddy at every given chance. I spoke with a few of my former teammates about his firing and they all unanimously said that he had it coming.

  • why?

    dragonpride
    attrition rates in other small-roster/cutdown sports are not comparable to football…
    also, not using that “move ups” as a standard, just as a reference point to compare, since those programs seem to keep more upperclassman in the program…if you think that this is an exceptional year wth this senior class, than so be it…i honestly don’t think so (in fact if memory serves, i thought this senior class was the largest entering freshman class in the school’s history…although I don’t recall how many went out for football)…also, you are correct that generally the largest drop off is after freshman year…the other schools generally lose a third and then stabilize…for some reason, BOD loses more and then drops further each subsequent year…why?

    as far as underclassman playing varsity, clearly there are extraordinary exceptions that should move up in all sports (e.g., the kids on the current basketball team, and some of the kids on the football team)…this isn’t the point…the point is that those should be extraordinary exceptions…from the outside, it looks like BOD might be pulling up soph’s to fill out the roster (which trickles down through the other levels)…makes it tough to physically compete when you are sending out 15/16′s to play against 17/18′s…might explain some of the other issues mentioned on this blog about maturity, lack of discipline, etc….

    tell me you haven’t seen kids at the school and wondered, “gee, why doesn’t that kid play football?”…

    again, i’m not here to bash coach P (his history of success speaks for itself)…but trying to explain why the administration might have thought it was time for a change in direction to provide a better fit for the kids that are entering the school…

  • Paydirt

    2nd hand hatred. Hmmm…

  • Harkanewday

    It ain’t 2nd hand paydirt when you hear it. You guys must be his uncle, cousin or something to defend this prick so much. You guys keep talking about soft players, etc… Who the hell do you think you are?

  • Harkanewday

    Again, I will say it. He has an expired one year contract. Unless this contract has a renewable option at the coaches discretion, which it doesn’t….he is just not rehired.
    Plain and simple. He can make a circus of this with his lawyer, but I for one will make sure that my buddy and all the players that hate this man, send the diocese plenty of ammunition to bury this a**hole.

  • http://yahoo why do you care

    People who are in denial just donot want to admit the lights are out.

    Perenon is never going to see that field again as a head coach He can now be a

    Proud Clipboard guy just as he was at St. MArys right?
    His job now is to be the best PE Director and teacher.
    That is also a serious commitment , lets hope he doesnt screw that one up

    Dragonpride needs to get over their pride and loyaly to a man who obviously from these blogs is really not so nice.
    Hey did you hear about the kid last year who was so scared of him , he actually thought he was a bully.

    Wow! Im sure after 25 years more stories will come out

  • Coach Trot

    Jus my 2 cents.. I recall going to the hayward – odowd game this past season and witnessing a half time brawl almost break out just before halftime and then a fight between 2 o’dowd players where and unsuited player socked a player in uniform in the mouth.. They appeared to be fighting over a water bottle…Jus seemed like the coach lost control of the team in my opinion…

  • razor88flood

    Harkanewday -
    You are clearly very affected by your observations and interactions with Coach P… Here’s some of the claims you have made:
    - not well liked by admin, coaches, players
    - “pushed himself around”
    - “not a role model”
    - driving kids away from playing football
    - lack of respect for players
    - thinks he rules the school
    - “found comfort in the dark side”
    - yells at/intimidates players
    - was a tyrant
    - do you.. think … (he) … would be fired w/out just cause?
    - is a jerk
    - is a cancer
    - “picked on my buddy at every given chance”

    I would like to know specific examples or patterns of behavior from any of the claims above. Here’s some questions for you to consider:
    ———
    How did he push himself around? What, specifically, did he do? what did he say? to whom?
    How was he not a role model?
    How did he show lack of respect for players? What actions did he take, what specific things did he say?
    What is the “just cause” for his firing? I’d really like to know. Specific examples, please.
    How did he pick on your buddy? Did he call him names? Did he put him down?
    I really want to know some specifics.
    ———
    You can go back to your standby combo of “He’s a . He’s fired”. But this adds nothing to the discussion.
    You obviously were close to or part of the program… i suspect you played for him in the mid-2000s… some stuff happened and you’ve held a grudge for awhile… Well what happened specifically?

    One more thing, you mention guys you played with all hate Coach P. Does this same group of players also think it’s cruel to wear your helmet on a bus? on the sideline? What about conditioning? Is it cruel to run hills in the summer and gassers on Mondays?
    Maybe things have changed since I played.
    Please help me understand.

  • why now?

    dragonpride
    attrition rates in other small-roster/cutdown sports are not comparable to football…
    also, not using that “move ups” as a standard, just as a reference point to compare, since those programs seem to keep more upperclassman in the program…if you think that this is an exceptional year wth this senior class, than so be it…i honestly don’t think so (in fact if memory serves, i thought this senior class was the largest entering freshman class in the school’s history…although I don’t recall how many went out for football)…also, you are correct that generally with all schools, the largest drop off is after freshman year…the other schools generally lose a third and then stabilize…for some reason, BOD loses more and then drops further each subsequent year…why?

    as far as underclassman playing varsity, clearly there are extraordinary exceptions that should move up in all sports (e.g., the kids on the current basketball team, and some of the kids on the football team)…this isn’t the point…the point is that those normally are extraordinary exceptions…from the outside, it looks like BOD might be pulling up soph’s to fill out the roster (which trickles down through the other levels)…makes it tough to physically compete when you are sending out 15/16’s to play against 17/18’s…might explain some of the other issues mentioned on this blog about maturity, lack of discipline, etc…

    tell me you haven’t seen kids at the school and wondered, “gee, why doesn’t that kid play football?”…

    again, i’m not here to bash coach P (his history of success speaks for itself)…but trying to explain why the administration might have thought it was time for a change in direction to provide a better fit for the kids that are entering the school…

  • http://yahoo why do you care

    How about the story about the kid whos helemt was too tight or broken and he actually got hurt

    He was so scared of the coach he continued to wear the busted up helemt , the kid apparently thought he was a bully

    That is a true story

    The hayward game horrible horrible control of the team those players should have been suspended from games and they werent, he lost total contol I was there and saw it that is another fact

  • Backerdad

    If you want to find out the just cause for his firing, why don’t you take the AD out for some whiskeys. I’m sure he’ll tell you after 8 shots.

  • Paydirt

    #249. I am just someone who thinks that haters like you are easy marks to have their chain pulled again and again and again… DOH!

    If you would just answer the valid questions asked by Razor88flood (for example see #252), you might just gain some credibility. If not, you will be judged strictly by your irrational hatred.

  • DRAGNPRIDE

    I’ll keep this post short and to the point.

    Razor88Flood, things have not changed in my view. Kids who share the Haranewday logic don’t want to do what is necessary to become good, competitive and contributing players. All they want is to wear a jersey and make others think that they contribute. Next, the Harkanewday people will want to do away with tackling, contact drills, scrimages and take the toughness out of the game. We all know that football at any level from youth to professional level is not for every kid.

    Harkanewday, check this blog from top to bottom. Your point of view lags well behind the support this man is getting. Also read post #179.

    Coach trot, I was, also, at the hayward game. Read post #213. Coaches from BOTH SCHOOLS did a wonderful job of PREVENTING a brawl. Inadvertent whistle caused the mele. Coaches got control of their kids. I did not see the altercation between the BOD kids as you report. Hopefully the school admin addressed and issued consequences for their reported poor behavior. My question is what is up with 2 kids from same team arguing over a water bottle, (as you suggest)? Sounds to me like this fits other blogs who raise issues over commitment levels, soft kids, reasons for being on a team and spoiled nature of some of today’s kids. If this is what Coach Perenon has to deal with , oh boy. He should get paid additional for baby sitting. I know, these kids played in PCA youth programs where it is okay to fuss with one another over water bottles while their team competes in a game. I can hear their parents now! So much for that point of view.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    Kind of on the subject I heard that Casye Moreno from Dublin has been fired as Coach but not as a teacher. I heard a rumor that it was for hitting a player in the helmet with his whistle. Any truth to him getting fired or for what reason? My buddy told me he also saw Coach Moreno at the All-Sports clinic a few weeks ago so I don’t know when it happened.

  • TunnelFunnel

    Ridiculous how off topic and unrelated some posts have been, and the name calling is a bore.

    There appears to be no shortage of candidates seeking employment at Odowd. If it is such a cherished job as appears so, it does make a person pause to consider the excellent job done by the newly unemployed coaching wise that Perenon did there.

    Casey Moreno’s name somebody mentioned, maybe he wants out of Dublin? Bryan Hamilton obviously is trying to flee Concord and the vanishing funds, Dave Kravetz is he still at San Ramon, he must be camping in the Odowd parking lot? It is known that least two De La Salle assistants have applied, and so have a few Hayward region coaches, and one of the Moreau coaches.

    My booster contact at Odowd mentioned two startling items yesterday, and one to be expected.

    First, A handful of collegiate assistant coaches have begun pushing hard for the job, most from northern California, but a few from down south and out of state.

    Second, Brad Bowers of San Leandro and Kurt Brian of Piedmont have also applied

    Third, One of the Odowd coaches who is apparently well thought of is pushing hard to be interviewed too

    I have not a email or text of proof of these rumors however true or false they might be.

    With Perenon’s exile it is as if the Berkeley job is now second fiddle, with Arroyo and Livermore jobs third and fourth.

    Which job is better, Berkeley or O’dowd?

    TunnelFunnel

  • http://yahoo why do you care

    WOW you see he was not alone in being fired for mistreating players you see even the public schools have their stndards just likr BOD and when those standards are compromised then you need to look for a new job.

    The people who donot want a new coach are the people who are small minded to change. or They arent smart enough to understand that what is done will not ever be unchanged.

    There will be a new head coach and his staff the sooner realized the better. It will be good for BOD.

  • http://yahoo why do you care

    Im sure any person they are considering they would want to make sure that the next coach will be very experienced in coaching. Not just a 1 2 3 year background. Im sure they want a coach that has alot more years.and one that will bring fresh new ideas and a fesh new coaching staff.

    Its an exciting time for BOD Foootball!

  • SLpirate24

    wow im shoched bowers has put his name n the hat i wonder if thats really true

  • DWS

    I think O’Dowd chose the wrong time to fire Coach P, alot of kids are mad @ school. Football workouts are just about to begin and alot of kids are saying “well there’s no coach so why should I even go”? We’ll see how this 2010 season goes.

  • Paydirt

    It is very curious why O’Dowd’s administration has not taken control of the process and recruited a high-quality football coach of the caliber of Coach Walsh at Junipero Serra. Think outside the confession-box. I now know that that football is clearly not a priority at O’Dowd. DOH!

    In other words, the O’Dowd administration makes a move to terminate a legendary football coach with stellar results, and they have no plan. BRILLIANT!!!

    Three letters capture my thoughts: WTH??? Gotta wonder why the Jesuits are not up in arms? What the hell did this guy do???

  • RAZ

    These rumors of these Coaches, bring in someone new and experienced. Each Coach mentioned is like a Book well read, not that they´re bad coaches on the contrary they are fine coaches. But , like a well read book, everyone will know their offense and defense. BOD needs progressive reform. Example, DSL has a great program because it attracts the best players and these players are willing to spend the time and effort to be their best. The HC is a fine coach, but put him at a so so school and he will have so so results.What makes a great Coach are two factors, he surrounds himself with good coaches and lets them coach, the other is he has the talent or the makings of talent to achieve a goal.
    The program is still alive, it still has breath. BOD has deteriorated, it core essence has diminished, it seemed to stop trying to get better. Restructure, rebuild and change the system and recruit and get a few more scholarship out there for good athletics with good grades. Hire a pro, this is what he does, period, not a school teacher or some part-timer or an assistant you have no time for that. Two year window for results and a paycheck attached to that, and a checkbook to bring in Assistant Coaches who will buy into the program 150%, who come to work at 7.00am off season and leave when the work is done, and when season starts are their at 5.00am till 9pm or 10pm. Do this and you have a winner.

  • http://yahoo why do you care

    The will mostl likely bring in a head coach who already has a staff in mind. He will bring BOD were it needs to be. And if the old players dont want to play they can go to another school. The new coach would most likely clean house too!

  • DRAGNPRIDE

    To Why? post #255. This year BOD roster listed 10 seniors. BOD yearbook shows 45 players on Frosh team of fall of 2006, when this years seniors were freshman. My kid showed me in frosh team picture in yearbook that 14 of those freshman are no longer students at BOD. And 7 more are playing just one sport. That means 21 of the 45 either left BOD or decided to play just one sport. Some classes look great as freshmen but it doesn’t mean that they will all stay in football for all four years. I looked at year before to get more comparisons. 2009 roster showed 32 on varsity with being 15 seniors. Yearbook picture of frosh team when this group were freshmen showed 36 players in picture.

    What is considered acceptable attrition? I would think that somewhere between 40%-50% staying in program would be very good. That means a program with a freshman group of 40 would keep between 16-20 kids in their program by the time they reach senior year. The past two years at BOD is between 27% and 47%. But some years are down years. I wonder how many of the 14 who left BOD after freshman year four years ago would have kept playing football if they remained in school. And do you blame the football coach if a kid chooses to just play one sport? I am sorry, but I don’t see attrition as problem in football at BOD. The numbers have stayed consistent and actually have grown over the years I have been around BOD. Coach Perenon has done a remarkable job of balancing his squads with seniors, juniors and sophs to stay competitive over the years. They usually don’t have to suffer through long down cycles like some other quality programs do.

    Maybe the kids (not all of them, though) and their parents should get a better grasp on the demands and rigors of what it takes to play HS varsity football in a competitive program that has been successful for two decades. From my viewpoint, some of the kids playing now at BOD could not play at schools like DLS, SI, Serra, San Leandro and others that have been mentioned. The expectations would put those kids in the same situation they are now and would, I imagine, frustrate the coaches at those other schools.

  • http://yahoo why do you care

    ithink the blog as wel as the coach has moved on to the new day!

    this blog is now dead!

  • peter craigie

    Has Kevin Anderson’s (Piedmont Def. Cord.) name surfaced as a potential Head coach? He would be a great choice.

  • truth

    las lomas coach doug longero and concord coach brian hamilton are supposedly applying

  • http://yahoo why do you care

    Lot of people are applying its a coaching position people need jobs hello

  • THE M.F.I.C.

    In 25 years, Coach Perenon BUILT A FOOTBALL EMPIRE….HE IS THE GREATEST BOD FOOTBALL COACH EVER.

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  • theTrooth

    Nice to see that Perenon is getting waxed weekly in his new full time gig at Mt. Eden. Ironic that he should end up coaching and teaching at a school that he used to regularly dis and run up scores on. Serves that clown right. A fitting end to a poser who got exactly what he deserved.

  • Al Smith

    I wish the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Oakland were as “proactive” when it came to pedophile Priests.

  • BOD Grad

    I have known many of the people involved in the situation as BOD for more years than I care to admit. I played against teams coached by Steve Phelps back in grade school. He was known as the “Mean Phelps” by us back then. He Sacred Heart from San Francisco. His teams consistd of some of the toughest inter city kids I have ever played against. They were virtually unbeatable. In the 8th grade they beat us in the semi-finals of a big tourney in OT. It was over 30 years ago and I can remenber it like it was yesterday. He was VERY aggressive and ripped, players, opposing coaches and refs mercilessly. Our coach, himself the parent of several BOD starts was extremely tough. But, he would never have talked to us the way Steve Phelps ripped his players. Believe me he was as old school as they come.

    I played for his brother Mike Phelps in both baseball and basketball. Mike had as high a winning percentage as just about any coach that has ever coached in the Bay Area. I always felt it was his understanding of the basics of sports that was his key to success. In practive we did probably about half of the things that wenton at practice for other teams. We just did a hand full of things exceedingly well. I personally never had any issues with Mike Phelps. I thought he was fair and very clear in what he expected. We played hard and like gentlemen. There were no discussion with referees/umpires. We did the best we could and left it at that. I am extemely proud of the championship teams I played on at BOD. There is no question that the tings that I learned from Mike remain with me to this day. Actually the grade scholl coach I had had a bigger impact. I have always been amazed by the number of people that “hated” Mike. Like I said I felt he was always very straight forward and clear in what he expected. Those that worked the hardest played the most. Thse that could not cut it complained. I hear his words constantly when I coach my sons baseball and basaketball teams. I hope he is doing well today.

    I first came across Paul Perenon when I was still in grade school. He was coaching in a youth baseball game I was playing in. This was a summer youth rec league. He was the Paul Perenon that we are all familiar with. He was yelling and screaming and carrying on like a madman. Some caall that old school, some call that being a jerk. we took great pleasur in that victory. Paul was the lsat guy on the team at St. Mary’s high school and was the guy that everyone picked on. He carries that chip on his shoulder to this day.

    As I said I played baseeball and basketball at BOD. Let’s just put it this way, we didn’t lose too many games whn I was their. The football team lost more games when I was there than but the baseball and basketball teams my senior year. I decided I would give football a chance and was told to go talk to Coach Perenon abou the JV team. His frist coment to me was “you are a pussy football player, you are not tough enough to play football.” My dad is a boxer and war veteran, a blow hard like Paul Perenon is not going to intimidate me. I said when is pracice Coach, I’ll be there. He sais he needed to see me in the weight room first. Coach TR our me thtough my paces and said two other guys lifted more than me in my grade. Paul then cussed me out again and I said, thanks but no thanks Coach. I’ll just stick with baseball and basketball. I am more focused on winning. I was just a punk Soph in high school but it felt good to talk to him like that.

    I did not complain and force the issue. He was th coach and I had to play by his rules or play another game. I played another game. Never played HS football. Natinal Champion Rugby player in college, so don’t question my toughness.

    Paul Perenon did build the BOD Football program. coach Taveras had a great team in the 79-80 season and then he left. Randy Zimmer came in and was awful. Paul put together the Frosh program and built the football team. Along the way he felt that every win, in my opinion, gave him license to act exactly the way he wanted to act. he felt league titles entiled him to treat teenagers like crap. Some believe that is just another way to do things. Others think it is deplorable.

    He has been successfully married for an eternity, a good parent ot his daughter and he has won a ton of football games. Some swear by him others swear at him. I for one can’t stand the guy. As an alumus/donor to BOD I am thankfull for all the wins he piled up. I have had several discussions with him regarding his behavior. I made it very clear that I did not as a youth nor now as a man care at all for him. I have made it equally clear to him personally that if he ever talks to me like he speaks to his players I will kick his ass. He has never stepped out of line with me.

    I sincerely wish him and his family all the best. As I have told my own kids, when you get a jerk for a coach do your job and you’ll be fine. If every time they hit it you catch it and when they pitch it you hit it the coach won’t have too many words for you. He simply rubbed too many people the wrong way. He was told to chamge or get out. He told the powers that be that he is what he is and he does not need to change. They shouwed him the extent of their power. Pretty straight forward actually.

  • http://aol BigJoe

    I was on that SM team with Pernon in the early seventies. He was not the person who was picked on. He was behind 2 excellent QB’s and when one went down with injuries, he moved to 2nd team. He was a good sideline play caller along with Coach Medaglia.
    If he is carrying something on his shoulders over that, never heard of it. I cannot speak for his BO actions, you were there, however is Mike Phelps the same who got into trouble with alleged child abuse?
    I believe it was more than alleged- it made the papers and he was charged.

  • JStrap

    @BOD Grad….you hope Mike Phelps is doing good today? Are you serious? You should be asking how the kid he molested 40+ years ago is doing.

  • JStrap

    @BigJoe…yes he is the very same Mike Phelps. Sexual abuse actually.

  • RealDragon

    This is all I have to say… No one is perfect and Coach P is no exception. With that being said, him being dismissed was not only stupid but a shame to BOD sports. I was part of teams that built the field that all these whinny babies play on now. I played on the grass field with the huge dry dirt patch in the middle in the summer and muddy quagmire in the winter. I ran 20 gassers because people didn’t touch the line all the way or go full speed in practice. I did 4th quarter drills until it was so dark on that hill you couldn’t even see the helmet next to you. All of this taught us discipline, made us tougher and made BOD football what it was. These microwave society kids do not understand that now a days. They think everything is supposed to be given and none earned. These so called people that are happy are people who could not make it plain and simple. And all these parents are enablers, believing all the bs coming out of their whinny kids mouths. Grow up and grow some balls everyone who thinks otherwise. I was really there, 3 years on Varsity and survived. Anyone that quit had zero heart plain and simple.

  • EB FB FAN

    Couldn’t help but research back on this thread with the Chris Martin arrest story appearing on the blogs.

    Those of you who were critical of Coach P’s handling of Martin while Martin was at BOD and blaming Coach P for Martin leaving the school need to step up and admit you were wrong, very wrong. Martin’s journey to date includes: stops at three different high schools, a commit and a de commit to Notre Dame, admission to U of Florida, two arrests in Florida, leaving The Gators by invitation, a stop at a JC in Texas, a transfer to City College of SF, one season at City, a scholarship to U of Kansas, an arrest for armed robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping(?) with the insinuation of some drug trade activities involved. Oh, I left out his ill-fated summer (2010) with Tedford and the Bears.

    What this boy and his doting, enabling, agent-persona parents needed is exactly what they ran away from at BOD. All of you anti-Coach P folks out there should be ashamed of yourselves. The football program at BOD under Coach Perenon provided ALL participants with the same thing: equal opportunity, special treatment for none and a high level of both expectations and accountability with a full dose of discipline and consequences for good choices as well as bad choices. My hunch is that, had Martin stayed and the “new” administration had a complete understanding of the nature of the sport of football and, more importantly, the structure and discipline that teenagers need, we would be reading today about Chris Martin and his preparation for an NFL career as opposed to how many years this poor, misguided soul might spend behind bars. We don’t read about Tarik Glenn, Kirk Morrison, Eric Bjornson, Langston Walker or any other of the “big names” coached in Perenon’s time at O’Dowd being arrested, etc. (or for that matter, any other kids who played for Coach P), like him or not.

    and, BTW, what has the BOD program done since Coach P was not rehired? Won 2 HAAL titles with Coach P’s players who were brought up and taught to play football by Perenon and his staff. Many coaches have commented that had Coach P and that staff stayed on, BOD would have 2 more NCS titles to add to the collection. If you don’t like what I am saying, then talk with Coach Macy at Campo or Coach Cronin at Cardinal Newman. The point is that the new staff led by Hardy Nickerson has accomplished what had been already accomplished under Coach P, and HAS NOT YET won an NCS title with a loaded roster of talented players. And, in the 2012 season (last Fall), the mighty Dragons finished in 4th place in their division with players developed completely by Nickerson and his staff. Let’s see what happens in 2013.

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    Oh, and one more post:
    @ The Trooth: I believe that Coach P’s Mt Eden 2012 team had a 6-4 record and that team went to the NCS playoffs.
    First time in 21 years for a Mt Eden football team to play in NCS. and, your BOD in 2012?

    Tooth, you may have labelled Coach P as a clown and a “poser”, whatever that is. But, you know what, you look like, walk like and sound like THE FOOL!