Colusa County Hall of Fame – Coach’s Award: David Driffill, Colusa

2017 Hall of Fame inductee David Driffill spent more than 20 years coaching various sports teams at Colusa High School, including baseball, basketball, football, and golf.

A 1967 graduate of Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, Driffill was a standout high school basketball player, and was named his team’s MVP. Driffill continued playing basketball after his prep career, including two years at American River Junior College and two at Azusa Pacific University.

After graduating from Azusa Pacific in 1971, Driffill received his teaching credential at Sacramento State in 1974. Driffill started his coaching and teaching career in 1974-75 at Christian Brothers High School coaching football, baseball and basketball. He spent the next three years at Lincoln High School, where he coached football and basketball. He arrived at Colusa High School before the 1980-81 school year, where he began a 29-year teaching career. When he arrived there, he immediately started coaching, starting with the Redskins’ varsity girl’s basketball and JV baseball teams.

Driffill coached the varsity girls basketball team from 1980-84, during which time they won a number of Butte View League titles and made it to the sections playoffs in four out of five years.

He coached the JV baseball team from 1980-1982, before taking over the varsity program from Ted Overton during the 1982-1983 season, and coached that team until the 1999-2000 school year.

During his tenure, Driffill was named the Appeal-Democrat All-Area Coach in 1986 after the Redskins finished the season with an undefeated Butte View League record. He was named co-coach of the year in 1997 with Mike West, when the Redskins were Butte View League and Northern Section Champions.

Driffill was perhaps best known for his 20-year run at the helm of Colusa’s varsity football program, during which time the Redskins had only four losing seasons and a winning percentage of about 60 percent. He took over for 2013 Colusa County Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Dana in 1984, after serving as an assistant from 1981-83.

From 1988 to 1990, Driffill and the Redskins had a run of good luck, during which they were 26-6 with a Section Championship and two Butte View League titles. A personal highlight was coaching his son, John Simlick, who also has the distinction of being the only lineman to ever score a touchdown on a Driffill-coached team.

In 1990, Driffill was named as the Appeal-Democrat Coach of the Year after winning a Northern Section Championship. In 1987 and 1989, he was the Lion’s All Star coach under Jeff Wahl. In 1991, he was named the Lions All Star head coach.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net