Hayward, CA (April 25, 2018) – Moreau Catholic High School has named Rob Gatrell as the school’s new head football coach, starting with the 2018-2019 academic year.
Gatrell has been an integral part of Moreau’s football staff the last six years while also teaching physical education. He replaces Andrew Cotter, who accepted a position as head football coach for Freedom High School.
Gatrell said he is excited about stepping back into the head coaching role. The last time Gatrell was a head coach at the high school level, he took the Windsor High School team to an undefeated season, culminating in a section title.
“I am amazed by the student athletes at Moreau, and excited to continue mentoring them and developing not only their football skills but also their life skills,” he said.
Gatrell’s experience includes coaching at the collegiate and high school level. He also brings a strong knowledge of football from his professional playing career in the NFL and the Arena Football League. Gatrell will be working with the same staff that he and Cotter have developed over the last six years.
As a student, Gatrell was recruited to play football at Fresno State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in art. He then earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Sonoma State University.
“We want to compete at the highest level possible and see each day at practice as an opportunity to get better,” Gatrell said. “Games are merely a reflection of how hard we have worked and prepared for the contest.”
Moreau has a core of strong returning players such as, Russell Winston (linebacker), Max Anderson (corner/receiver), Fresh Ison (running back/safety), David Hector (tight end/defensive end), LC Glover (defensive end) and a strong line with Anthony Wolf, Cesar Rodriguez, and Leonard Hawkins. Young players expected to make an impact are Tyler Randall (lineman), Noah Hoskinson (running back), Bowen Dickstein (QB), and all-purpose players Solomon Thomas, Nick Ledsema, and Kaleb Elarms-Orr.