Forest Grove hires Ferraro as new head football coach
The Vikings have a new head football coach.
Forest Grove announced the hiring of former Sunset High School assistant Dominic Ferraro Wednesday, May 12.
Ferraro comes to Forest Grove with 15 years of coaching experience, nine of which has been as an offensive coordinator and quaterbacks coach at schools including Westview, Grant and, most recently, Sunset, where the Apollos capped a 6-0 season with a "culminating week" win over state power Central Catholic.
"Dom's passion for the game of football and more importantly his passion for kids was evident throughout the interview process," Forest Grove High School athletic director Doug Thompson said. "We can't wait for him to start working with our students and staff at FGHS."
The coach said he's been eyeing and working towards a head coaching opportunity for a couple of years now and felt Forest Grove met his criteria of an opportunity worth taking.
"It seemed like a pretty unique opportunity with the city and high school having that one-horse-town feel, but at the same time, being close enough to the metro areas where there's a lot of good competition and great teams to play," Ferraro said. "It felt right, so when I got this chance, I jumped on it."
Ferraro said he's been very fortunate to have learned under some great coaches during his time as an assistant, citing Sunset's Damien Merrick, Grant's Randy Heath, Westview's Greg Fisher, and Mike Mitchell, who was the Apollo's coach during Ferraro's first stint at Sunset.
"Those coaches were really good at developing their assistants," Ferraro said. "I was very fortunate to be with those guys."
Sunset had one of the state's highest-powered offenses this past season, and Ferraro wants to bring that same excitement to the Vikings. His "Ricky Bobby" offense is designed to play "fast and faster," and in 2014, while at Westview, the Wildcats led the state in offense, averaging 52.6 points per game.
The coach also emphasized the importance of culture in a successful program, which he said he'll try to build from the minute he steps on campus in Forest Grove.
"There are a lot of things that go into having success, whether you're trying to win a football game or spending 10 years in college to be a doctor," Ferraro said. "As part of that, I think it's important for us to establish standards and live by those, then hold each other accountable."
Ferraro added that he wants to see five things from his program: selflessness, work ethic, accountability, mental toughness and discipline.
"That's what I want this program to be about going forward," Ferraro said.
Ferraro is married to his wife Beth (13 years) and the couple have two children, Peyton (12) and Colton (9), both whom regularly attend practice and help out with water and game balls on Friday nights.
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