The Bakersfield (Ca.) Drillers High School football program has a long, stable and successful history.
The school started playing football in 1902, has had only 8 head coaches, and has won 8 state championships and 37 sectional titles. Both those team marks are California state records.
Entering stage left is NFL alumnus Michael Stewart. The former NFL safety was named last month the school’s ninth head football coach to carry on the Drillers’ tremendous legacy.
Stewart, who played 10 NFL seasons (1987-96) for the Rams and Dolphins, returns to his high school alma mater with enthusiastic expectations but zero head coaching experience.
If the school’s administration and alumni have a concern about Stewart taking his first head coaching position, their nervousness doesn’t show.
“If Jim Harbaugh is a Michigan man, then Mike is a BHS man,” says one Bakersfield High School (BHS) alum. “That’s what we needed…a Driller like the rest of us.”
“Stewart was a hard-nosed player with grit and a chip on his shoulder,” says another Driller booster. “These young players will learn a ton from someone who has played at the highest level in the sport. He brings great credibility.”
Michael Stewart, 53, brings great credibility AND tremendous football DNA to his first head job. We at NFL Alumni wish him and his new squad only success during his rookie head coaching experience. (For more about Coach Stewart and his high school program, click here.)