John Wiley, the defensive coordinator at Christian Brothers of Sacramento, is expected to become the fifth Davis High varsity football coach since 2006, The Enterprise learned late Saturday.
While Blue Devil athletic director Dennis Foster would not comment on the reported selection, other sources close to the DHS program said Wiley, 43, is expected to be confirmed by Davis school trustees at their Thursday meeting.
Wiley was chosen from 20 applicants, which apparently included interim Devil head coach Marc Hicks and former NFL nose tackle, Stanford and DHS standout Jason Fisk.
Hicks’ team went 5-5 (1-4 in the rugged Delta Valley Conference) after the former 1980’s Blue Devil gridiron star replaced Steve Smyte — who stepped down in June after philosophical differences with administration.
Wiley, is a two-time All-SEC defensive back at Auburn and played briefly for the Chicago Bears and for two seasons with the Sacramento Gold Miners of the CFL. He was the Gold Miners’ leading tackler from his safety position. Wiley was All-CFL in 1993.
His Auburn team won three SEC titles while Wiley roamed the secondary. He also coached at Sacramento State.
While Wiley was in Chicago, the Bears quarterback was San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh. With the Miners, ironically Smyte was an assistant coach.
Informed of the pending Blue Devil appointment, Smyte said Wiley was “a good guy and I enjoyed our time together.”
Smyte, who teaches special education at Davis High, said he was not part of the selection committee and did not re-apply for his old job.
“I remember before UCD-Sac State games we’d get together and talk on the field. Always liked him,” Smyte said, adding that Devil fans will, too. “I hope things work out for him and the program can move forward.”
Christian Brothers under third-year head coach George Petrissans has seen a turn-around from a 1-9 season in 2011 to winning two Division III playoff games last fall while finishing at 9-4.