New York Giants Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jeff Hostetler is returning to the football field as a high school coach.
The 51-year-old has accepted the head coaching position at Trinity Christian School, a private school in his hometown of Morgantown, West Virginia, Superintendent Ken Howard said today in a telephone interview.
Hostetler, who played at West Virginia University in Morgantown prior to leading the Giants to a Super Bowl title following the 1990 season, has been an active leader in the community, making him a good candidate for a growing program, Howard said.
“There is definitely a buzz -- lots of positive comments from families and kids here in the school,” Howard said.
Howard declined say how much Hostetler would be paid. An e-mail to the former National Football League quarterback seeking comment on his new job wasn’t immediately returned.
The school’s football team competed in six-on-six contests the past two years and will move up to 11-man junior varsity this year, with a plan of becoming full varsity in 2014, Howard said.
Jeff’s son Justin will be the assistant head coach, Howard said. Football will be one of nine varsity sports offered by the 305-student school, which runs from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Selected by the Giants in the third round of the 1984 draft, Hostetler spent seven seasons in New York, first as a backup to Phil Simms and later as a starter. In 1990, after Simms broke his foot, Hostetler led the team to the Super Bowl, where he threw for 222 yards and a score in a 20-19 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Hostetler started his collegiate career at Penn State and finished at West Virginia. He played four seasons with the Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders before ending his career in 1997 with the Washington Redskins.