The Del Norte High football team will be led by a new face this fall.
Nick White, an assistant coach on the team for the past six seasons, was named as the program’s new head coach on March 21.
White will replace long-time Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova, who retired from the role in February.
“I’m excited to work with our guys, the energy and effort the kids — both the returners and the younger guys — bring is great,” White said. “We have a great group coming back.”
White will coach along side his twin brother, Chris White, who is entering his second consecutive season as the team’s offensive coordinator. The two are younger brothers of Eureka High’s head football coach, Jason White.
“It’ll be fun, I’ll say that,” Nick White said, on the prospect of coaching against his big brother. “We talk football all the time, so the only thing that might change is we may talk less football now, we’re very competitive so I can’t let him know too much now.”
Before joining Del Norte’s coaching staff, the newly minted head coach played collegiate football at College of the Redwoods from 2000-2001 and at Humboldt State from 2002-2004 before moving to Crescent City to work as a guard at Pelican Bay State Prison.
A former linebacker and defensive back, Nick White said he specializes in coaching his two former positions as well as offensive line.
White will inherit a Del Norte team coming off a 9-3 season and a second-place finish in the Big 4 Conference. As a No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section Division-IV playoffs last season, Del Norte beat Justin Sienna in the tournament’s quarterfinal found before falling at home to Fortuna in the semifinals.