Former College of the Redwoods head football coach Chris Vicory started the ball rolling last year.
Now his top assistant will keep it rolling in 2014.
CR announced on Monday that interim head coach Taylor Breitzman has taken over the job permanently and will be the Corsairs head coach moving forward.
“We knew we didn’t want to lose any of the momentum that had been gained with what coach Vicory and his staff had done as far as recruiting,” said CR Athletic Director Joe Hash. “Taylor expressed his interest very early in the process and quickly rose to the top of the list. He’s been the interim coach since Vicory stepped down so it seemed natural to remove the interim title and make him the head coach on a permanent basis.”
Last year, Breitzman served as the team’s assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach, so the transition should be an easy one as he takes over for coach Vicory, who accepted a job as offensive line coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps University in Southern California.
“(Breitzman) is going to keep most, if not all of the staff we had in place last year and they’re the ones who’ve been contacting recruits and staying in touch,” Hash said. “He’s a young coach, just like Vicory, who has a lot of energy and enthusiasm. He knows the returners, the recruits, he knows the conference and how we travel. He knows the positives and negatives of the job and clearly has an idea of what he wants to do with his career.”
Currently, coach Breitzman is serving his second consecutive summer as head coach of the Prague Black Panthers in the Austrian Football League in the Czech Republic.
Last summer, he led the Black Panthers its first national championship as a head coach and defensive coordinator.
Breitzman, who graduated from Calaveras High School in San Andreas in 2006, was the Offensive Player of the Year in the Mother Load League his senior year at quarterback. He was also an All-League selection in baseball his senior year, before going on to San Joaquin Delta College to play football.
He played quarterback his freshman year and cornerback his sophomore year, earning a First-Team All-Valley Conference selection his sophomore year and a trip to a bowl game.
Breitzman was then recruited to Humboldt State’s bitter rival, Central Washington, where he played two seasons in 2008-09.
In 2009, as a safety, Breitzman helped the Wildcats become the No. 1 defense in the country, allowing just 11.2 points per game.
Central Washington finished the 2009 season as the No. 4 ranked team in the country.
Following his playing career, Coach Breitzman stayed on at Central Washington as a safeties coach in 2010, and in 2011 as a Graduate Assistant.