Ron Ponciano was hired Wednesday as football coach at Valley College, the school announced.
He replaces Carl Ferrill, who left last season for medical reasons.
Ponciano, 41, coached Cal State Northridge in 1998 but was fired in July 1999 after a school investigation into NCAA rules violations.
The NCAA in June placed Northridge on three years' probation and banned its football team from postseason play last season because of numerous violations in recruiting, ethical conduct and institutional control.
Ponciano was the defensive coordinator two seasons ago at McPherson State College in Kansas, an NAIA school, and became Ferrill's top assistant at Valley last season.