Former Montgomery, Cal star has deep roots in Sonoma County
Healdsburg High School recently named Marcus Ezeff to head the Greyhound football program, succeeding former coach Todd Beth who stepped down last fall.
A 2004 Montgomery High School graduate and three-year starting defensive back for the California Golden Bears, Ezeff played professionally for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League and Hamilton Tiger Cats in the Canadian Football League. An undrafted free agent, he also had a try-out with the New York Jets.
Following his playing career, the 29-year-old Santa Rosa product returned to Sonoma County where he has spent the last few years coaching at both the high school and junior college level, most recently serving as the JV football coach at Santa Rosa High.
Ezeff figures to benefit from a wealth of football knowledge and deep Sonoma County roots in his first year as a varsity head coach.
“Healdsburg High School is very pleased to have a football coach with such strong connections to the Redwood Empire,” HHS Principal Dr. Lori Rhodes said in a press release. “We confidently expect that Mr. Ezeff will instill resilience and character in his student-athletes, building on the storied athletic tradition at our school.”
Ezeff hasn’t wasted time following his hiring last week, meeting with the players to share life experiences and express expectations as he settles into his new position.
“My biggest goal is to restore a winning attitude at Healdsburg, making sure that kids understand that football is just one piece of the puzzle,” he said. “I want the players to know that being a good student is the most important aspect of high school and football is just a part of that.”
Ezeff inherits a team that posted an overall record of 5-6 last fall, earning a spot in the North Coast Section playoffs.