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Former NFL Players Join Knights Coaching Staff

By Communications Dept, 09/24/15, 7:00AM PDT


Former NFL Players Delano Howell & Cletis Gordon Join Trinity Knights Athletics Varsity Football Coaching Staff

Trinity Knights Athletics Adds To Varsity Football Coaching Staff with
Former Indianapolis Colts Strong Safety, All-Pac-12 First Team &
Jack Huston Award Recipient 


 Plus Former Dallas Cowboys & San Diego Chargers Defensive Back and
First-Team All-SWAC & All-Century Team at Jackson State University



Howell, Former Indianapolis Colt, Tapped Assistant Coach Trinity Knights Varsity Football

Former Indianapolis Colts Strong Safety Delano Howell and formerDefensive Back Cletis Gordon of the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers have been tapped as assistant coaches for the Trinity Knights Varsity Football Team, it was announced today by Head Coach Les Robinson (“Coach Rob”) and Dr. Matthew Dixon, Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Trinity Classical Academy. They will join the team this Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. when the Trinity Knightstake on the Southlands Christian Eagles at St. Francis High School, 200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, 91011.

Gordon, Former San Diego Charger, Tapped Assistant Coach Trinity Knights Varsity Football


“The Trinity Knights are in a crucial time of transition as we begin our inaugural season of 11-man football but we are walking into it with a top-notch coaching staff that is second to none,” said Coach Rob. “Both Delano Howell and Cletis Gordon exemplify the type of leaders we want influencing our athletes and we are excited about how they will enhance our football program.”

The Knights kicked off their first foray into 11-man football beginning the season with two wins. Last season, the Knightsfinished 9-2, outscoring their opponents 537-166 and taking three nods on the All CIF-SS Div. II 8-Man First Team for sophomore running back Caden Kulp, junior linebacker Ian Caddow and senior quarterback Colton Oshiro. The Heritage League MVP title also went to Oshiro.

Delano Howell joins the Trinity Knights Varsity Football Program to assist coaching Safeties and Running Backs. Hailing from Santa Clarita, Ca., Howell graduated from Hart High School where he played Running Back and also ran track as a sprinter, long jumper, and triple jumper. While at Hart, PrepStar chose Howell to be part of the All-West Region (2008) as well as First-Team All-State; while selected him as the #16 All-Purpose Back. He was named the 2007 CIF-Southern Section Northern Division Offensive Player of the Year and Hart High School’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year for 2006-2007.

Howell was awarded a scholarship to Stanford University where he began as a Running Back then transitioned into a Safety for three years where he started 33 out of 43 games, had 242 total tackles (174 solo), seven interceptions and 19 passes defensed. As a senior, he was All-PAC-12 Conference First-Team, and received the Jack Huston Award for the player who best exemplifies aggressiveness, exceptional performance and unheralded efforts. At Stanford, Howell also was a Second-Team All-PAC-10 selection and earned an Honorable Mention All-PAC-10 selection. In track and field he owned Stanford's best mark of 2011 in the long jump at 23-8¾.

Originally tapped by the Buffalo Bills to play Strong Safety, the Indianapolis Colts signed Howell in November 2012 to replace Pro Bowl Safety Antoine Bethea. During what would be his last season with the Colts, Howell returned a blocked field goal 61 yards for a Touchdown, with the Colts trailing 12-7. That play turned out to be one of the defining moments in the Colts 34-28 win over the eventual Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks.

Cletis Gordon, Former San Diego Charger, Tapped
Assistant Coach Trinity Knights Varsity Football

Former Dallas Cowboys Defensive Back and former San Diego Chargers Cornerback, Cletis “Flash” Gordon also joins the Trinity Knights to coach Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs. After receiving a full scholarship to Jackson State University, Gordon became one of the top special teams players in the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference where he earned First-Team Honors. He was also chosen for the Jackson State University Tigers’ All-Century Team. Because of his great speed and versatile playing ability, Gordon earned the nickname Flash, finishing his career with 2,000 return yards, and 4 returns for touchdowns. Gordon also added 9 receiving touchdowns. As a defensive back, he intercepted 11 passes with three returns for touchdowns, had 98 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 16 passes defended.

 Gordon’s NFL career spanned five seasons playing for the San Diego Chargers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Carolina Panthers. During his three seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2006–2008), Gordon played in thirty-one games having recorded 22 total tackles, two pass breakups and 12 special teams tackles.

A constant humanitarian, Gordon has worked with youth during and after his football career. As a young player, he worked to save enough money to attend football training camps and pledged if he ever made it to the NFL, he would offer free camps. For several years, Gordon has coached and funded Flash24 Youth Football Camp in Amite, Louisiana attracting over 250 kids each summer. Gordon is also a spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and has made appearances in high schools warning students about the dangers of driving under the influence.

Howell and Gordon will join former Redlands Bulldog Running Back Zack Schafer who has been coaching the Knights’ Offensive Line. At the University of Redlands, Schafer was an intricate part of the Redlands’ programand was awarded All-SCIAC honors three years in a row. He helped lead his team to a share of the SCIAC Championship in 2007 and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. Shafer went on to play with the Kuopio Steelers of the SAJL First Division American Football League in Finland.

Head Coach Les Robinson, Trinity Knights Varsity

Former assistant coach to the Saugus Centurions and Santa Clarita Christian School Cardinals, Coach Rob successfully transitioned SCCS to 11-Man Football for the 2012 season. He has spent over thirty years coaching high school football and track and field, winning eight straight league titles and four San-Joaquin CIF Championships along the way. Coach Les Robinson was brought on as Head Football Coach for the Trinity Classical Academy Knights Varsity Football Team in the spring 2014 and brought the them another winning season. Also a pastor, who most recently served as Senior Pastor at The Burning Bush in Valencia and currently serves as Director of Ministries for the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Robinson is able to help young people develop a meaningful relationship with God through the camaraderie of sports, sharing his own testimonies, along with those of professional athletes.

Rounding out the Trinity Knights’ coaching staff is former SCCS Defensive Coach Fred Lewis (Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers) who worked alongside Coach Rob for four years during the team’s transition to 11-man football and has been coaching youth football in the Santa Clarita Valley for 7 years. The Trinity Knights also welcome back assistant coaches Brian Bixler (Defensive Line) and Mike Parrinello (Quality Control).

Brian Bixler has been with the Trinity Knights Football Program since its inception. Coach Bixler received NAIA All American Track and Field Honors at Westmont College. He has been a Lieutenant II in the Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D.) specializing in the Crisis Response Support System for 19 years and is also a Starts Coach for the Santa Clarita Track Club STORM.

For the last 5 years, Coach Mike has acted as the Assistant Defensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coach, and will continue to be the “the eye in the sky” providing game analysis to the offense and defense from the Coach’s Box.

The Trinity Knights Department of Athletics is guided by a commitment to excellence embodied in Christ-like core values: Integrity, Camaraderie and Victory. Over the course of the last decade, Trinity Athletics has grown to over 40 teams in 4th through 12th grade. With two CIF Titles and several athletic scholarships awarded from four-year colleges, this fall the Trinity Knights will face higher levels of competition in both football and basketball, which will lead to further success for athletes.

Trinity Classical Academy has grown from 28 students to over 550 in Transitional Kindergarten through 12th grade, making it one of the largest classical schools in the country. The mission of Trinity Classical Academy has remained consistent: to offer a challenging education, grounded in the Christian faith and the classical tradition, to produce young men and women of virtue, wisdom, purpose and courage.