2016 Tiger Football Position-by-Position Preview: New Coaches
Part nine of a ten part series previewing the 2016 Saint Xavier Football Tigers: New Coaches
Mike Riazzi: Linebackers and Special Teams Coordinator
Vernon “Tank” Williams: Offensive Line
It is year four of the Wolford Era, and the man in charge has decided to bring even more valuable experience to the coaching staff. Both should turn out to be great additions to the staff.
Mike Riazzi has over 30 years of coaching experience under his belt. He has coached in the most prominent football states of California, Texas, and Florida. He most recently left his role as head coach and athletic director at Melbourne Central Catholic High School in Florida. He had just finished his 25th season coaching at the school. You can find more background information on Coach Riazzi here.
Riazzi has already shown that his positive attitude and kind nature will provide guidance to his players on and off the field. His role on the team will be an important one, as he takes over a very experienced and talented special teams unit, so it will be interesting to see what he’ll be able to do with them.
Vernon Williams will assist the infamous Chad Lyons in coaching the Offensive Line this year. He is appropriately nicknamed “Tank”. Williams has had previous coaching stints at Eastern and Atherton High Schools.
His players say he preaches effort over everything and that he’s going to push you to get effort out of you no matter what. With that attitude, Williams will definitely find a comfortable place in the Saint Xavier coaching ranks.
Next up: Team Preview
Part One: Quarterbacks