Two Super Bowl rings and four appearances. An NCAA national championship. 14 years of NFL playing experience. And that’s just the head coach. Valley Christian High School has added to that coaching resume after head football coach Jeff Rutledge added longtime NCAA DI and NFL assistant, Ron Aiken, to his coaching staff.
Aiken joins the staff following four years at the University of Oregon and has 40 years of coaching experience, including 23 years as an assistant at the Division I and NFL levels. He’s been an assistant coach at Oregon, Iowa, San Diego State, Texas, Vanderbilt, and New Mexico.
Aiken and Rutledge first connected when they were assistants at Vanderbilt and then reconnected as assistant coaches for the Arizona Cardinals. Aiken spent six years as the Defensive Line Coach for the Cardinals before moving to the University of Oregon. Prior to the Cardinals, Aiken coached under Kirk Ferentz at the University of Iowa for eight years and was named the AFCA Division I FBS Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002.
At Oregon he produced back-to-back first-round NFL draft choices for the first time in the school’s history. This included the highest defensive line draft pick ever in the 2016 season.
“Ron is a tremendous teacher and instructor,” Jeff Rutledge stated. “I’m really excited for what he brings to our program. He has incredible knowledge and experience and is great with the student-athletes. He already has helped increase our skill and technique in the short time he has been out there with us. He’s a remarkable addition to our staff.”
Aiken was an all-conference lineman at North Carolina A&T and earned his bachelor’s from the school in 1977. He later earned his master’s in secondary education from The Citadel in 1982.
The Trojans also added former Arizona State and University of Florida defensive lineman Trey Morant to the coaching staff. Morant was a nationally-ranked high school recruit out of Miami who earned preseason All-Pac-10 honors and was named an impact newcomer for 2006 by Athlon Sports before injuries stalled his career at ASU.