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Gifford hired as Oakland football coach

By Jimmy Durkin
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 6:52 pm in Uncategorized.

Oakland High hired former Laney College assistant Nelson Gifford as its new football coach Wednesday.
“I’m just so grateful for the opportunity,” Gifford said.
Gifford spent the past four years as an assistant at Laney, working as a running backs coach and also working with special teams and strength and conditioning. He previously was a volunteer assistant at Cal and an undergrad assistant at UC Davis.
Oakland athletic director Carlos Sutton said he hopes to bring Gifford aboard as an on-campus coach.
Gifford, who played football at Palo Alto High and graduated in 1999, is excited about the Wildcats’ promise.
“I’ve seen a huge amount of potential,” Gifford said. “They have the capacity to learn and grow and put in the hard work.”

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  • E_CULB

    NELLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JB

    good pick I’m glad to see O-high has a coach !!

    Coaching is my life not a hobby !!

  • ManDown

    Good Luck!

  • http://ibabuzz island02

    Congrats Nelson !! Good luck and bring the Cat’s back to championship status.

  • KillerD

    Best of luck to you Coach Gifford. Do well!

  • Coach Mac

    Welcome to the OAL!

  • coach mac

    Welcome to the OAL!

    Go Warriors

  • brandon beard

    Congrats to Coach Gifford. He is the right man for the job!

  • http://ibabuzz.com MURDOC

    I’m kind of curious why he would step down from a college job to coach high school?

  • E_CULB

    Sometimes people want to run there own show.

  • Jake Messina

    Congrats to Giff! He was a steady player for us when I was an asst coach at Palo Alto HS. He comes from a solid family and will do a spectacular job.

    Jake Messina
    Head Football Coach
    Golden Valley HS (Merced)

  • JB

    E CULB STIL NO CALL IF I DONT HERE BACK FROM HIM BY 04/1/10 I WILL NEED TO FIND A TEAM !!

    Coaching is my life not a hobby !!

  • Coach Kemp

    Congrats Coach Gifford! Good luck over at O High!

  • E_CULB

    I’ll tell him on Monday when I see him.

  • coach moe dright

    good luck coach to u and ur staff and team.Iam a football coach for 11years with pop warner and high school coach.If u need some good help with gettin players and a good deditcaited coach who is a former oakland high player please email me r call i would like to help my schhol get back to the 10 and 0 like my team did in 81 first to win silver bowl.well like i said good luck to u and your staff and team my no.is 5107064600.go wild cats i will look forward to seein u and team this year…