GARDEN VALLEY — Jeremy Nordby knows Golden Sierra High football very well.
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He started at fullback and outside linebacker on the 1994 Golden Sierra squad that won the Golden Empire League crown. The Grizzlies went deep in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs but lost to Bear River 3-0 in overtime for the title at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
For the last seven years, Nordby has coached Grizzly football, with the last two as the frosh/soph head coach. Last fall, his squad posted a 7-0 record while the 2012 team went 6-2.
Nordby now takes over the reigns as the Golden Sierra varsity grid coach, replacing for John Hilton who guided the Grizzlies to the section D-V championship game last November. Hilton, who teaches at Placer High, is the new Mesa Verde High football coach.
After graduating from Golden Sierra in 1995, Nordby played football for American River College for two seasons.
In 1997, Nordby started his coaching career that took him from El Dorado High to Valley and back to El Dorado before making the trek to his alma mater in 2007.
Golden Sierra Athletic Director Keith Bush said 12 candidates applied for the job, and Nordby was one of six interviewed.
“We hired a coach who will continue the use of an offensive system (double-wing) that has been successful and in place for some years,” said Bush, “and is in place at all (of) our lower level feeder programs.”
As soon as Nordby was picked, he made changes to the Grizzlies’ attire via new uniforms and helmet decal.
During the spring and summer months, the Grizzlies have worked out in the weight room and various drills on their field. Last month, they took part at the Playmakers Football Academy, a full-contact camp at Rosemont High of Sacramento.
“We’ve been working hard,” Nordby said. “We’ve done a lot of weight training. We’ve had a consistent number of 23, 24 varsity guys.”
When practices begin Monday, Nordby said there will probably be three to four more players coming out for this year’s team.
“I would like to think we can hit 28 (players on the roster),” Nordby said. “We ordered 32 jerseys just in case.”
Nordby will coach his senior stepson, Christian Klahn, who plays fullback and linebacker.
Golden Sierra opens the season at home against Foresthill on Friday, Aug. 29.
Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.