Serra linebacker E.J. Lahlouh (6) sacks Archbishop Riordan quarterbackAdham Abdelghani on Oct. 6, 2018, at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Archbishop Riordan in search of a new football coach after Jay’Sen Morris takes promotion

Archbishop Riordan High School is in need of a football coach, but not for the reason you may think.

The Crusaders have gone 5-25 over the last three seasons following a nine-win 2015, including 3-17 under head coach Jay’Sen Morris. Morris has decided to step down from the head coaching position, and focus on a new administrative and current math department roles.

With former athletic director Michael Gilleran transitioning into full retirement next year, second-year head coach Morris — who recently earned his Masters Degree in Sports Management — has stepped into the role, and will work along side associate athletic director Bob Greene in the day to day management of Archbishop Riordan athletics as co-Athletic Directors.

“All of us in the Archbishop Riordan community are blessed to have Jay’Sen and Bob’s committed service to our athletic endeavors,” Riordan’s dean of athletics and student affairs, Brian Kelly, said via email.

Morris’s advancement leaves the Crusaders looking for a new head coach and a staff of assistants. Riordan is currently taking applications, at sgoyhenetche@riordanhs.org.

There is a lot to like about the job, including the talent that will be hanging around, but it’s talent that will have to be developed, and quickly, in the right system.

Adham Abdelghani, who played dual-threat quarterback and wide receiver, is a junior. He’s long, athletic and potentially explosive in the right system. This season, he completed 58 of 152 passes for 992 yards with 12 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, but also rushed 65 times for 236 yards, and caught five balls for 49 yards.

Sophomore quarterback Azzan Ledbetter arrived midseason from junior varsity and showed flashes of deep-ball ability, and escapability. He went 38-of-95 for 482 passing yards, but had no touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Dynamic running back and kick returner Jalen Camp is a junior and is also set to return next year. He rushed 115 times for 485 yards and four touchdowns, caught seven balls for 88 yards and returned two kickoffs for 38 yards.

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