TEMPLETON — The Templeton High School Athletic Department on Wednesday announced Don Crow will be the school’s next varsity head football coach.
Coach Crow returns to THS, where he was the head coach from 2004 through 2008, after stints at Atascadero and Morro Bay, bringing over 30 years of football experience to the program, including five years of experience as a head coach.
“I never left as a teacher,” said Crow, who works as a physical education teacher at Templeton middle school, after addressing the team in a meeting closed to the media on Wednesday afternoon. “And that is going to be a big plus for us because I already know them. I haven’t seen them in a couple years but I know them and some of the parents and some of the background so that is a really big plus.”
At Templeton, Crow and the Eagles experienced success posting a 39-16 record. The new head coach's specialty is on the defensive side of the ball and he will look to fill some of the holes in a defense that allowed 40.5 points per game a season ago.
“We have a ton of skill kids coming back but we’ve got to find a quarterback. We have Zack Logan who has played some quarterback and we have to look and see what best suits us and defensively we have got to get better,” Crow said. “I think that everybody will tell you that, in this day and age with how people run offense it’s tough to be real good on defense with all the rules and RPO’s [run-pass options] and linemen getting to release up on backers when it’s a pass, but we're going to get as good as we can be and teach really good fundamentals and technique and be able to line up right and see how good we can get.”
Crow coached at Bakersfield-Garces Memorial, South Bakersfield, Centennial, Bakersfield, Morro Bay, Templeton and most recently spent the last two years helping the Greyhounds on defense.
“Last year defense was our weak link so I think that having a good defensive coach will help us a lot,” returning first team all-league receiver Marino D’alfonso said. “And since he has had a lot of experience coaching good teams I think it will be a good fit for us.”
Crow will be keeping former head coach Tyler Lane on his staff as offensive coordinator while he will take over the defense. Crow is still working at this time to assemble the final parts of his staff.
“I am excited,” returning second team all-league linebacker Blayne Twisselman said. “I think it is going to be a new start and I think we are going to be successful. Coach Crow, I know him from the past, he taught me in middle school and I think he has a good touch for our team.”
1984, 1987-Assistant Football Coach, Clovis High School
1985, 1988-Assistant Football Coach, Taft College
1986,1989-1992,1998-2000-Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, Garces Memorial High School
1994-1997 Assistant Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator, South Bakersfield High School
2001-Assistant Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Centennial High School
2003-Assistant Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Bakersfield High School
2004-2008-Head Football Coach, Templeton High School
2009-2010-Assistant Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Atascadero High School
2011-Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Morro Bay High School
2017-2018-Assistant Football Coach, Atascadero High School