Former Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman has been hired as the football coach at Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) High School.
Kaufman, who played six years in the NFL, replaces five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Hardy Nickerson, who resigned last month after going 29-17 in four seasons at the helm.
“I’m just thrilled,” Kaufman told the Contra Costa Times. “I started getting this itch, that I could see myself taking over a program.”
Kaufman was an ALL-USA selection in 1990 after a standout senior season at Lompoc (Calif.). He played four years at the University of Washington, where he became the Huskies’ all-time leading rusher, before the Raiders took him in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft.
Following his retirement at age 27, Kaufman got into ministry. He and his wife founded the Well Christian Community Church in San Ramon, Calif., strip mall in 2003. Today, the church is an 83,000-square foot building in Livermore, Calif., with more than 1,000 regular members.
The Contra Costa Times reports that Kaufman has spent the past two years as a volunteer coach at O’Dowd, where two of his three sons will be students next year. (Napoleon Jr. will be a junior on the football team and Nathanael will be a freshman.)
“I love my church and I see this as an extension of my work,” Kaufman said.
Thanks to Max Preps for bringing this story to our attention.