Dear FUHSD community,
It is with sadness that we share with you that former Fremont High School physical education teacher and football coach Ron Demonner passed away Tuesday morning amongst his family in Corvalis, Oregon. In the fall of 1995, Fremont principal Pete Tuana hired Ron to teach and coach as a part of his broader mission to stack the coaching ranks with as many on-campus teachers as possible. Ron brought nearly 20 years of high school and college coaching experience to Diesner Field, and immediately revitalized the FHS program. In Ron’s second season as coach, the Firebirds won their first league championship in six years, and earned a berth in the Central Coast Section playoffs. He nearly pulled off a second title in 2001, if not for a botched extra point in a week ten monsoon versus Cupertino.
After seven years leading the program, Ron took a four year hiatus at Menlo College, but Principal Peggy Raun-Linde brought him back for another seven year stint as head coach, where he claimed another three league titles in 2008, 2009, and 2012. Coach Demonner emphasized preparation, attention to detail and execution to his players and assistant coaches. His game plans, constructed with his trusty typewriter, shape template, and colored pencils have no peer in the history of FUHSD coaching. Following his retirement in 2013, Ron coached on Chris Oswald’s staff at Cupertino High School, where he contributed to a number of successful Cupertino squads. Ron’s legacy remains in his generosity and willingness to share his knowledge and experience with young coaches, a number of whom teach and coach in this school district. In addition, his humor and wit, provided levity and perspective in a job that frequently involves more losses than wins. Coach Demonner leaves behind his wife Karen, three sons, and will be missed in the FUHSD and wider South Bay coaching community.
Thank you to our Assistant Principal Andy Walczak writing this tribute.