Matheny new Aquinas football coach

Aquinas wasted very little time filling its head football coaching position, hiring Nick Matheny Tuesday to replace Josh Henderson, who left to take the job at Los Angeles Baptist last Friday.

Matheny, a 2002 graduate of Fontana High School, has been an assistant coach at Aquinas since 2004, mostly coaching the offensive and defensive lines while serving as defensive coordinator. He has also been a full-time physical education teacher at the school.

“Nick is a good young coach and I think he’s the perfect guy to keep this going,” said Aquinas athletic director Chris Ybarra, who is also a Fohi graduate. “We have a pretty good thing going here and Nick keeps the stability.”

He also continues the Fohi legacy at Aquinas, as Ybarra and Henderson, a 1993 graduate, were also Steelers. Matheny hopes to continue a lot of what Henderson – who won two CIF titles and won the last two Christian League titles – has established at Aquinas.

“Josh did a great job and I really am thankful that he recommended me,” said Matheny, a Cal State San Bernardino graduate. “I want to continue the emphasis of hard work and Christian ideals that this program has established and am I dedicated toward keeping Aquinas as a winning program.”

A more detailed story will be published in Thursday’s Sun.