From one former NFL standout to another, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.)
named a new football coach on Monday.
Napoleon Kaufman, the University of Washington's all-time leading rusher who enjoyed a six-year NFL career with the Raiders, replaced five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Hardy Nickerson, who went 29-17 in four seasons as coach for the Dragons, including 3-7 in 2013.
"We are excited to welcome Napoleon as our new head coach," O'Dowd Athletic Director Mike Bowler said. "His vision, persona and background made him the right candidate to lead building character in our young man."
Kaufman, 40, was a coach for the O'Dowd freshman team in 2012. His son Napoleon Jr., is a sophomore in the program.
Nickerson announced his resignation in November.
"I felt like there were other things that I wanted to pursue that are not football-related," Nickerson told the Contra Costa Times. "Bishop O'Dowd has been great. The administration has been great."
Said O'Dowd principal Pam Shay: "We are sad to see Hardy leave us. He has been a great support to our school -- both on and off the field."
About Kaufman, Shay said: "We believe our young men will benefit greatly from Napoleon's positive outlook and leadership."