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Napa High School names new football coach
Posted 1/25/19

Today the Napa Valley Unified School District announced that Richie Wessmanformer NFL and Division 1 college coach Richie Wessman has been named head coach of Napa High School’s football program. Wessman has committed to the position and is finalizing the last steps of the hiring process.

Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti made the announcement at tonight’s NVUSD Board of Education meeting, where she congratulated and thanked staff for facilitating a robust search and selection process.

Wessman, who was a quarterback at University of Southern California before turning to coaching, has coached college football at USC, Ole Miss and Clemson, and spent more than five seasons on the coaching staff of the NFL Tennessee Titans, focusing on quarterbacks and the offensive line.

Post-NFL, Wessman has focused on high school football programs, including schools in Tennessee and Italy. He currently coaches football and soccer and teaches physical education at Ramstein High School, at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

“Given his experience playing, coaching and coordinating at the High School level, in Division 1 college programs, and in the NFL, Richie understands and has the ability to provide a pathway for college-bound players while creating a quality, safe experience for high school players,” said Napa High Principal Frank Silva. “Richie Wessman has the potential to lead Napa High School to a future championship while creating a culture that fosters academic success and maturity in our scholar athletes. I am confident he will be a positive influence on the Napa High School campus and on the Napa community as a whole.”

According to Wessman, his vision for the program includes emphasis not only on developing skilled football players who may have an opportunity to play the game beyond high school, but also building character, teaching life lessons, being safe and having fun.

“It will be an amazing culture and atmosphere in which everyone involved will feel a part of something special,” Wessman said. “We are going to win a lot of football games while playing a style of football that is fun to watch, making Memorial Stadium the place to be on Friday nights in fall for everyone in the community. I am so excited!”

Silva added that while during the hiring process, he spoke with legendary NFL coach Tony Dungy, who was listed as a reference for Wessman.

“Dungy told me that Richie will take any program to the next level, and that heis a man of character, with a high football IQ. He will create a culture where his players will thrive,” Silva said.

As head coach, Wessman will serve as the Napa High leader in overseeing players on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams, along with the entire coaching staff. He will join the teaching staff at NHS as a physical education teacher when he reports to campus during spring semester once the hiring process is complete.

His first weeks in his new role he said, will be spent “laying foundations for success across the entire program.”

“The goal is to rebuild and create a championship program, so the first step is to develop a deep understanding of the people and the current program,” Wessman said. “From here, we’ll continue to develop relationships while we design and implement our road map to success. I look forward to collaborating with the students, staff and parents as we work towards these goals."

Wessman and his wife, Julie, plan to move to Napa from their current home in Germany.