RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Bishop Manogue has hired Ernie Howren as their new head football coach.
"When you see a place like Manogue, the institution that it is and the people that are surrounding it, I just knew it was the right decision," said Howren. "And I'm excited about the opportunity."
Howren build Reed high school into the best program in Northern Nevada, going 146-54 in 16 years, averaging nine wins per season. The Raiders won seven Regional titles, which included a string of five in a row.
"It's meant the world, it's been a great place and I've had a great time. I've given my heart and soul to that program and I have no regrets walking out of there," added Howren. "I'm going to miss the kids; a special group of kids and I love them. But it's a great opportunity that I can't pass up on."
He inherits a Manogue team that went just 4-6 last season, but advanced to the Regional playoffs. The Miners were eliminated by Reed 69-18 in the first round.
"I coached against them twice this year, so I know who's there and I'm excited about the opportunity to work with these young men," said Howren.
The Miners are loaded with talented underclassmen. Their starting quarterback, leading rusher and top receiver were all sophomores last season.
"It's difficult to leave all of the great relationships and the friends and the families that I've gotten to meet over the last 20 years," admitted Howren, "But the opportunity to be a part of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School; what an amazing institution this is. I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity."
Howren said he plans to bring some of his assistant coaches from Reed over to Manogue to join his coaching staff.