Northwest has promoted Defensive Coordinator Reynaldo Pena to lead the Viking program in 2021 and beyond.
He replaces Neil Furnish who resigned two months ago as Northwest finished 4-14 in Furnish’s two seasons at Northwest which included a 1-7 record this season.
Furnish has since been hired as the new offensive coordinator at Bourbon County (KY) high school.
The Vikings won their 2020 season opener beating West Creek but their lost their last seven games and will enter the 2021 season with a seven-game losing streak.
“First, I would like to thank God for this opportunity. I am so thankful for my wife Chasity Peña and our two kids for everything they have done for me. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them. I appreciate my family, friends, all the leaders and mentors that have prepared me for this opportunity. I am just a young man from South Carolina who loves coaching football and I hope that we can do great things at Northwest High School. I want to also thank the Northwest Viking family for allowing me the opportunity to become your Head Coach. I am excited to begin this journey with the Vikings and I look forward to helping this program grow,” Pena said via school press release.
A Charleston, South Carolina native, Pena made coaching stops at Windsor Forest high school, Natchitoches Central and Chaparral high school as well before coming to Northwest last season.
After graduation, Pena served 13 years in the US Army before embarking on a football coaching career.
“We had a wide variety of interest in this position. We narrowed the large pool of resumes we received and interviewed the individuals we felt were the top candidates for the position. Ultimately, the administrative team felt that Coach Peña was the best fit for the position based on his experience, enthusiasm, and vision for the program. Coach Peña has served in a variety of roles during his coaching career, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Viking program. He has a strong plan for the future, and we believe he will continue to grow our athletes and push them to achieve excellence, both on the field and in the classroom. I am excited to watch Coach Peña put his stamp on this program,” Northwest Athletic Director Jason Greene said.
Currently eight schools in Brainerd, Goodpasture, Hillsboro, KIPP Academy, Knoxville Catholic, Maplewood, Obion County and Zion Christian are looking for a head coach.
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