Ukiah football

Posted by: Press Democrat Staff Writer Rich Rupprecht

Jeff Schueller is the new head football coach at Ukiah and if the name sounds familiar it’s because Jeff has been an assistant at Mendocino College, Analy, Montgomery, Piner and Cardinal Newman, as well as Ukiah.

Schueller is close friends with former Newman coach Ed Lloyd and assisted Lloyd at Mendocino College and Analy. He also was a coach for Mendocino College when Newman coach Paul Cronin played there and later assisted Cronin at Piner and Newman.

“I was satisfied being an assistant because I was always around good head coaches,” Schueller, 43, said. He was hired late this year, but said some of the anxiety has subsided with the completion of spring ball and the progression of the summer.

Schueller even had Lloyd run a camp just for the Ukiah players and coaches for five days in June. “It kind of set the tone,” Schueller said. “Ed is pretty meticulous. He set out a plan for us and helped us set up an offense.”

Ukiah was hit hard by graduation and lost most of its skill players, including QB Kyle Morris, headed to Idaho State.

The new Wildcat QB is Chad Pittman, a linebacker last season, but a good athlete. Scott Coakley is a returning linebacker and Chris Tow is a top notch receiver/defensive back.

Schueller is also looking for leadership from a pair of returning linemen, Jonathan Dewey and Brett Bowers.

Schueller’s defensive coordinator will be Jason Silva, a member on the Ukiah staff last year and the offensive coordinator is Chris Dewey, who also happens to be Ukiah’s police and fire chief.

Schueller has a number of police and firemen on his staff. “They’re very disciplined and structured,” he said. “Everything is always written down.”

In a quirk of the NBL schedule, Ukiah will wind up with six home games this year and just four away. It’s switched next season.

Ukiah opens the season at Casa Grande and then play Petaluma and Eureka at home, before starting league.