Ron Thompson and Paul Perenon are back in the Hayward Area Athletic League once again.
Thompson was named as the new head coach for the Mt. Eden High football team last week, and he’ll be joined by Perenon, who will serve essentially as a co-head coach.
According to Mt. Eden athletic director Manuel Manzo, Thompson is the head coach and Perenon will be his assistant, at least on paper. But Thompson said they will treat the job as co-head coaches.
“Paul and myself took this job together and the school from the administration to (Manzo) has been nothing but supportive,” Thompson added. “There’s no doubt we can bring some good things out of this program.”
The duo will take over for George Mitsopoulos, who was not retained as the Monarchs head coach and athletic director in June. The Monarchs went 4-16 in two seasons under Mitsopoulos.
Thompson returns to Mt. Eden after serving as an assistant coach under Jesse Rodriguez in 2005-06. He was named the head coach at Hayward in 2006, but left abruptly without ever coaching a game. He has also coached at Granada and Las Lomas, but took last season off to care for his mother.
“This was a great opportunity for me to come back and help restore this program,” Thompson said. “I had a great time here as an assistant along with great success. We have a lot of work ahead of us and it will take some time.”
Perenon comes to the Monarchs after compiling a 209-75-2 record in 25 years as Bishop O’Dowd’s head coach. After his contract was not renewed for the 2010 season, he accepted a job as the quarterbacks coach at Piedmont. But, he let Highlanders coach Kurt Bryan know that if a head coaching opportunity opened up, he would pursue it.
“Having someone like (Perenon) here has been a big influence on the players,” Thompson said. “With his success at (O’Dowd), he brings a positive vibe on this field.”