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Football: Monfiletto hired as Douglas football coach

by Joey Crandall

On the heels of coach Mike Rippee stepping down after 27 years at the helm of the football program, Douglas High School has announced the hiring of longtime assistant Ernie Monfiletto.

Monfiletto has been with the program for 16 years as the offensive coordinator.

He has been the architect of some of the most potent offenses in school history, with this past season’s group piling up 5,031 yards (an average of 419.3 per game) and 440 points (36.7 per game).

Off the field, he re-established the school’s Block D Letterman’s club in 1999 with the intent of involving student-athletes more with the community and the school. With the club, he has stressed leadership, community service, sportsmanship and school pride.

“We are pleased that we have a staff member who knows our football program well, so that we will be able to provide continuity for the players and coaches and continue to strive for the qualities and goals that Coach Rippee has established,” Douglas High principal Marty Swisher said.

“I am excited for Coach Monfiletto. He is a great teacher who values the young people he works with.”

Monfiletto started at Douglas in 1996 after coaching for five years at Green Valley High School in Las Vegas. He handled the offensive line for the Gators and also was the head track coach, leading Green Valley boys’ track team to a state title in 1995 and the girls’ team to a state runner-up finish the same year.

Prior to Green Valley, Monfiletto was the offensive line coach for the University of San Diego from 1989-91.

“His passion and personal commitment to excellence make his work in the classroom and on the field a positive and productive experience for his students and players.

“He gives so much to our school already. He is our department chair for social studies, he is the advisor of our Block D club, and you’ll find him at many of our school events because he wants to value and support his students in the co-curricular and extracurricular pursuits.

Coach Monfiletto is the right person to take the lead for our football program.”