SANTA CLARITA, CA (September 24, 2015) – Former Indianapolis Colts strong safety Delano Howell and former Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers defensive back Cletis Gordon have been added to the Trinity Knights varsity football coaching staff.
“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.”
Howell joins the Knights to assist coaching the safeties and running backs while Gordon will assist with the wide receivers and defensive backs.
Howell graduated from Hart High School in 2008 where he played running back for the Indians as well as competed on the track team as a sprinter, long jumper and triple jumper.
Howell was selected as the CIF Southern Section Northern Division Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 before eventually moving on to Stanford University where he stared 33 games for the Cardinal first as a running back, then as a safety, making 242 tackles and seven interceptions in his college career.
Howell was first signed in April 2012 by the Buffalo Bills to play strong safety before eventually being picked up in November of the same year by the Indianapolis colts to replace Antoine Bethea, playing three seasons in the NFL.
Gordon played five seasons in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panters. He played in 31 games for the Chargers between 2006 and 2008 recording 22 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 12 special teams tackles. Before the NFL Gordon played college football for Jackson State University where he earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference First-Team honors and was also named to the Jackson State All-Century Team.
Gordon finished his college career with 2,000 return yards, 4 returns for a touchdown, 9 touchdown receptions, 11 interceptions, three for touchdowns and 98 tackles.
The Knights are in their first season of 11-man football in the CIF Southern Section and are currently 2-0 in the Freelance League of the East Valley Division (XIII).