NFL player turned Calif. high school coach arrested on suspicion of DUI

NFL player turned Calif. high school coach arrested on suspicion of DUI

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NFL player turned Calif. high school coach arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Early Friday morning, Cabrillo (Calif.) High School football coach Don Willis was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to the Santa Maria Times, the 43-year-old coach was driving a 2013 Chevy Malibu when he was stopped for a suspected moving violation by a California Highway Patrol officer around 3:16 a.m Friday morning. He was put through a series of sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed, according to CHP.

Friday night, Willis’ nephew, J.J., stepped in as head coach for the Conquistadores’ game against Nipomo. Cabrillo fell, 26-0, dropping the team to 2-3 on the season. J.J. Willis chose not to comment on his uncle’s arrest after the game.

Don Willis, a Cabrillo alum and former football and track and field star, played football at the University of Washington and then North Carolina A&T before signing a contract with the Seattle Seahawks in 1995. An offensive guard, also played for the New Orleans Saints from 1995 to 1997 and the Kansas City Chiefs from 1999 to 2004. He took over as Cabrillo’s head coach in 2014 after stints at Santa Barbara City College and Santa Maria (Calif.) High.

When asked about the arrest Friday, Cabrillo Athletic Director Dan Troup said, “We are just trying to get our kids ready for a football game.”

This past week, the team also had trouble with a regular practice regimen, as fires at nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base disrupted the Conquistadores’ usual routine.

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