Howren named Bishop Manogue football coach
WHO: Douglas Tigers season opener vs. Pocatello Indians
WHAT: Tenth annual Rocky Mountain Rumble
WHEN: 10 a.m., Aug. 26
WHERE: Holt Arena, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
PREVIOUS MEETING: Pocatello 49, Douglas 36 on Sept. 3, 2011 at the Rocky Mountain Rumble.
Northern 4A high school football experienced an epic shakeup this week.
Ernie Howren, who has coached the Reed Raiders to five Northern Nevada region championships in the last six years, is now moving his base of football operations from Sparks to south Reno to take over as head coach at Bishop Manogue. Howren replaces Thomas Peregrin, who stepped down from the post Manogue on Jan. 3. Manogue announced the new coach on its website Tuesday morning.
“After a search was conducted, we are ecstatic Ernie will be joining the Bishop Manogue team. His vast experience leading football teams to victory and his relationships in the community will serve him well as our new head coach” Bishop Manogue Principal Bri Thoreson announced in a statement on the school website. “He is Catholic, a strongly principled educator, and a proven leader on the field. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the Bishop Manogue family.”
Howren directed Reed’s program for 16 years, during which time the Raiders compiled a 146-54 overall record and won seven region titles.
Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto has seen his team’s season end with playoff losses against Reed in each of the last nine seasons. The Tigers lost 47-7 at Reed in the region semifinals in November.
“This changes the landscape of Northern Nevada football, that’s for sure,” Monfiletto said on Tuesday afternoon. “I think Ernie will do a great job (at Manogue). He obviously saw a good opportunity and I wish the best of luck to him.”
No doubt, the coaching change is significant to the Northern 4A picture. The Miners went 4-6, finished fourth in the Sierra League, and qualified for the playoffs during the 2016 season with a team that included no fewer than 15 sophomores. One of those losses came by a 32-28 score at Douglas’ homecoming game on Sept. 30.
“I also want to say I think Thomas did a great job during his time there (since 2014),” Monfiletto said of Peregrin, a Manogue alum.
Howren has already begun to transition into his new role at Manogue,
“After 16 years at Reed High School, I am thankful for the relationships and friendships I have built and will certainly miss the players and fellow coaches. However, I am thrilled to join the Miner family and am excited for what is to come,” Howren stated in the announcement on Manogue’s website.
The Tigers are looking forward to facing a “new realm of competition” within the Sierra League, Monfiletto added.
“We have 50 out for varsity football right now … they’re involved with our advanced weight training class … and they’re excited to get out on the field for our first game in Pocatello,” Monfiletto said, referring to the Tigers’ 2017 season opener against Pocatello High as part of the Rocky Mountain Rumble at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.