Physical Education Teacher, Head Varsity Football Coach
Almond coached at Sacramento State under Marshall Sperbeck and Jody Sears for six seasons. During his time with the Hornets, Almond coached a trio of FCS All-Americans in Zack Nash, Todd Davis and Darnell Sankey who all went on to NFL careers.
In 2015, Almond mentored Sankey who became the first player in Sacramento State’s Div. I era to earn consensus All-America honors. Sankey was recognized by STATS, Inc., the Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the AFCA. He was also a first team all-Big Sky selection after finishing second in the nation and first in the Big Sky with 153 total tackles. The senior’s total was the second most in school history. Along with 57 solo tackles, Sankey also had 9.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, 5 pass breakups and forced a fumble. During the year, he had at least 10 tackles in nine of the team’s 11 games, including setting the school record with 27 stops at Weber State. That performance was also the most by an FCS player during the year. Sankey signed with the Denver Broncos following his collegiate career.
In 2013, Almond coached Davis to the all-Big Sky Conference first team and All-America honors. Davis led the league and ranked fifth nationally with 10.9 tackles per game. His 131 total tackles were the third most in school history while his 351 career tackles placed him second in the Hornet record book. Davis signed with the New Orleans Saints following his collegiate career.
A native of Concord, California, Almond was the running backs coach under Jeff Tisdel 74’ at Sierra College during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In his first year with the team, Sierra won the Valley Conference championship and he coached running back Deonte Williams to all-conference honors.
Almond previously served as a varsity assistant coach at Christian Brothers from 2005-08. In that role, he coached linebackers, running backs and special teams.
Almond graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2009. He earned his master’s in athletic administration from Concordia in 2014. He is married to the former Marissa Ayers, and the couple has a daughter, Genevieve (1).