Former Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman has been hired as Bishop O'Dowd High's head football coach.

"I'm just thrilled," Kaufman said.

Kaufman, 40, said that he did not consider being a head coach until a month ago.

"No. 1, I really enjoy the school. I appreciate from an academic aspect the things they have accomplished at the school, and from a sports and athletic standpoint, I was really impressed with what they've done at this school."

Kaufman takes over for another former NFL star, Hardy Nickerson, who stepped down last month after four seasons as the Dragons coach.

Kaufman's son Napoleon Jr. will be a junior on the football team next season, and his son Nathanael will be a freshman at Bishop O'Dowd in the fall.

Kaufman, a senior pastor of The Well Christian Community church in Livermore, played six seasons for the Raiders and retired after the 2000 season. He rushed for 4,792 yards and scored 18 touchdowns in 91 NFL games.

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