Hubbard named Deer Valley High football’s interim head coach

Robert Hubbard

Robert Hubbard

By Luke Johnson

Deer Valley High School, in Antioch, CA, has hired Robert Hubbard to be interim head coach of varsity football team, following the departure of Richard Woods, who had been in charge of the program for 11 years. Woods had an impressive 75-34 regular season record with the Wolverines.

Despite many rumors and speculations, there has been no confirmation by administration or district officials as to why Woods is gone. The only thing clear is that players expressed their displeasure with Woods through many outlets, especially Twitter, throughout last season, and now he is no longer with the team, at least temporarily. Vice Principal Tim Cooper said the football program was under investigation in November. As of now, Hubbard’s position is not permanent, meaning he has to apply for it again, when the season is over.

Around the area, Hubbard is most well known for holding Diablo Valley College’s single-season rushing record of 1,518 yards, which he set in 2003. He went on to play for the University of Nevada where he had 2,403 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons.

After his playing career, Hubbard became the varsity running back and defensive back coach, along with taking double-duty as the JV head coach, and special education assistant at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. He left to focus on earning his teaching credential and master’s degree, and then started working at Deer Valley last year as a special education teacher. When he heard a head coaching position was available, he jumped at the opportunity.

It’s a dream come true,” Hubbard said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to give back and give something to the kids, who are in similar situations that I was in, being a student athlete and having aspirations in going to college.”

The Wolverines look to build off last year’s record of 4-6 (0-5 in league) with an experienced roster. The team only had five returning players in 2014, but expects to have about 25 returning this season. Standout performers consist of a group of seniors, including running back Rai-Shyan Alexander, quarterback Devin Gould, linebacker Brandon Faatalale and lineman Troy Decuir.

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5 Comments to “Hubbard named Deer Valley High football’s interim head coach”

  1. Kirk says:

    Yes! Finally something about dentist.

  2. […] Hubbard named Deer Valley High football’s interim head coach – Deer Valley High School, in Antioch, CA, has hired Robert Hubbard to be interim head coach … and special education assistant at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. He left to focus on earning his teaching credential and master’s degree, and then … […]

  3. Eli says:

    This so-called coach led an attack against Pittsburg’s Marching Show Band at the PHS-DV Varsity game, during the opening pregame, encouraged his students to attack the band members, spat and attempted to remove instruments from the students. Not only that, they continued the debauchery while the National Anthem was playing, and taunted the crowd that boo’d them for their poor behavior. Deer Valley went on to lose that game as well. I guess that’s how you act when you don’t bring any game to a match.

    • Emmani says:

      What type of coach encourages such behavior? I’ve seen videos of the incident at Pittsburg High, they were so disrespectful. What type of examples are you setting for these boys? I say look for a new coach, Deer Valley High. You already have a bad reputation for being on the news when students attacked employees of the Burger King or Taco Bell.

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