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(photo courtesy LegendsSJ.com) Jaime Miller, from Cupertino, runs some plays with former NFL Defensive Back Dana Stubblefield at Valley Christian High School's two-day football clinic for Down syndrome boys. This is the fifth year of the clinic, which combines NFL, college and high school football players with local kids to learn plays and practice with football stars.

SAN JOSE -- Nearly five years after leaving Valley Christian under allegations that he harassed and threatened his longtime girlfriend, former 49ers star Dana Stubblefield has accepted a position to rejoin the school's coaching staff next season.

"When mutual interest became apparent in rehiring Dana, Dana went through a comprehensive process Valley has implemented for all new employees, and he completed all of his steps to our satisfaction," Stephen E. McMinn, Valley Christian Schools' chief operating officer, said in an email Monday.

Stubblefield, 43, coached at Valley Christian for four years before stepping down in 2009 under accusations by his ex-fiance of repeatedly harassing her over the previous year.

School officials had stood by him after he acknowledged using steroids during his NFL career and pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of lying to a federal agent in the Balco investigation, this newspaper reported at the time.

When the school and former NFL defensive player of the year parted, Valley Christian president Clifford Daugherty said in a letter to parents that Stubblefield "is not coaching at VCS in view of current allegations," which McMinn reiterated Monday.

"With the allegations swirling around him at the time, we mutually agreed it was best for him to step aside until that issue played itself out," McMinn said.

Despite not coaching football, Stubblefield has remained involved with the school.

"Dana has been a major contributor to the success of our Football Camp for the Stars for Down syndrome kids each June and as such we have had ample opportunity to stay in touch with him and, of course, evaluate him as a potential coach," McMinn said.

Mike Machado, Valley Christian's longtime coach, told Prep2Prep that Stubblefield is remarried and well liked by students.