Former Nebraska defensive back Rickey Thernarse may be the youngest football coach in Los Angeles. At 23, he has been named head coach at L.A. Jordan High School, where he was a standout running back, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
He will be a walk-on coach for Jordan while trying to become a substitute teacher. Thenarse said he understands what Jordan needs in a coach. “To be the head coach at Jordan, you have to know the kids and have a relationship with them,” he said. “I feel I’m a role model, and they’ll respect me.”
Thenarse missed his final game as a senior when he was cited for a DUI in December of 2010.