The A-11 Offense will have a new coach leading its quarterbacks.
Former Bishop O’Dowd High head coach Paul Perenon was announced Monday as the new quarterbacks coach at Piedmont, where he will help guide the signal callers in the one-of-a-kind offensive scheme.
“Paul Perenon has been one of the best head high school football coaches in the East Bay and throughout northern California for the past twenty-five years,” Piedmont head coach Kurt Bryan said in a release.
“His great accomplishments at his former school speak volumes about his ability to get the top overall performance on and off the field from the student-athletes under his tutelage. The Piedmont football program is very fortunate to have Coach Perenon as the quarterbacks coach in our A-11, and he will do a tremendous job on a daily basis.”
Perenon spent 25 years as the head coach at O’Dowd before his contract was not renewed this season. He racked up a record of 209-75-2 at O’Dowd and won three North Coast Section titles.
“It works out well for me, at least in the immediacy,” said Perenon, who will remain a physical education teacher at O’Dowd. “I’ve been very clear with Kurt that my goal is to procure a head coaching job as soon as possible and if there’s a teaching job associated with it, that’s great.”
With Piedmont, he’ll assist with the A-11 scheme, which utilizes two quarterbacks, up to six receivers and a variety of formation shifts that allows all 11 players to be potentially eligible. A rule change prior to the 2009 season required at least four players to wear ineligible receiving numbers (50-79), but those players can still receive passes thrown behind the line of scrimmage.
“To me, it’s not so much coaching in that offensive style as having a handful of kids that are aspiring to be quarterbacks,” Perenon said. “I’ll try to help them improve their level of play and try to get better relative to the position.”
Perenon weighed over several opportunities since his dismissal at O’Dowd, including an immediate offer from Laney coach Jay Uchiumi to join the staff as an offensive assistant.
“That just wasn’t the thing for me right now, but it was a great opportunity and a chance to work with him and John Beam was very inviting,” Perenon said.