Riverside North Hires Doug DuBois

Doug DuBois, who led Perris Citrus Hill to its first two CIF-Southern Section titles, has returned to the head coaching ranks at Riverside North.

“This just happened. I’m waiting to get over there, get on campus and talk to the kids,” DuBois said during Inland Sports Weekly Radio Show AM-1350 on Saturday, Jan. 23. “I’m excited to get going.”



DuBois is hired to replace John Rice, who went 7-24 with one playoff appearance in three seasons.

“I think you’re going to see a lot discipline, hustle and speed,” DuBois said. “We like to have fun. We’re passionate about it. This is high school football. You have to have fun.”

DuBois was the linebackers coach for Coley Candaele at Vista Murrieta the last two seasons, his first stint as a football coach since leaving Citrus Hill for personal reasons following the ’09 season.

“Everywhere I go I try to carry something over from somebody I’ve worked with,” DuBois said. “Coley does an amazing job of making it a special place to be. I love some things they do, they play fast and are a killer on special teams, so I’m taking some of that with me.”

DuBois had a 43-9 overall record as Citrus Hill’s first football coach from 2006-’09, and counts current Hawks coaches Eric and Greg Zomalt among his first assistants.

“‘EZ’ and ‘GZ’ are always going to be my guys. To build a program from scratch and what they’ve done since I’ve left, they’ve taken it to a whole other level,” DuBois said.

Citrus Hill won the CIF-SS Eastern Division title in ’07 then followed it up the next year, winning the Eastern Division title again in ’08. Both those teams finished 14-0.

This year, Citrus Hill finished 14-2 and won the CIF-SS Inland Division, SoCal Regional and CIF State titles.

“I’m proud to have started that program, and it would be fun to play them,” said DuBois about the possibility of scheduling a North-Citrus Hill nonleague game. “We’re not on that level yet.”

North is hiring a pragmatic coach with a solid local pedigree.

“I wanted this. It can be a spectacular job. I love the community and the alumni there,” DuBois said. “As a player at (Moreno Valley) Canyon Springs, they were our rival back in the day.”

If the rumors are true — that North’s campus is overflowing with athletes just waiting for a new football coach — then this hire should be a jump-route pick-six.

“I have him already in the playoffs. Now we’re talking about first-round opponents,” Riverside Ramona coach Vinny Fazio said. “He’s going to do great.”

DuBois had an 8-2 postseason record with Citrus Hill.

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