John Hardy, a former NFL player and John Muir High School alumnus, will take over the role of head football coach at the school next Fall.
Hardy was the assistant coach last year and has been the junior varsity coach from 2009 to 2011, according to a Pasadena Unified School District press release.
After graduating Muir, Hardy played college football at UC Berkeley from 1986 to 1990 and went on to play for the Chicago Bears and then in the Canadian Football League, according to the release.
Hardy was hired after two levels of interviews with "community stakeholders," according to the release.
He replaces Ken Howard, who was suspended in October following a . According to the release, Howard is no longer an employee of the school district.