As if Matt Sweeney’s departure from Foothill High School wasn’t enough to shake things up in the East Bay Athletic League football coaching ranks.
Dave Kravitz resigned Monday after a successful 15-year run as the head coach at San Ramon Valley. Sweeney resigned May 29, and Kravitz’s departure leaves the EBAL without two of its most noteworthy coaches for the upcoming season.
Because Kravitz’s resignation was verbal and not written, there’s still a chance he could change his mind. But he sounded Tuesday night like he had every intention of turning in the written resignation on Wednesday.
Kravitz cited a disagreement with San Ramon Valley prinicpal Joe Ianora as the primary reason for his resignation. Ianora said he knows of no such disagreement and will be sad to see Kravitz go.
Regardless of whatever off-field disputes may or may not have ocurred, no one denies Kravitz’s coaching ability. He went 102-58-4 in his 15 years with the Wolves and led them to the 2004 North Coast Section 3A championship.
His resume might not be as long or as sparkly as Sweeney’s, but then again, who’s is? Sweeney won four NCS championships and won or shared 11 league titles in 21 years at Foothill. But both Kravitz and Sweeney left indelible marks on the league, their communities and the players they coached.
San Ramon Valley linebacker Kai Cummings expressed frustration that he couldn’t help bring Kravitz his first league championship last season and that he wouldn’t have a chance to remedy that as a senior in the fall. If the Wolves manage to claim the EBAL title this year, rest assured Kravitz will be in their minds.
“We all really respected him a lot,” Cummings said. “We know it wasn’t his intention to abandon our team — it was more in-depth than that. But this season is going to go out to him.”
Check out Wednesday’s Times for more on the story.
— James Leonard