By Phil Jensen
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 at 11:29 pm in Uncategorized.
Pete Michaletos, the longest-serving high school football varsity head coach in California state history, is retiring as John F. Kennedy-Fremont High’s coach at the end of this season.
Michaletos, 71, is the only head football coach in Kennedy’s history. He will complete his 46th regular season on Saturday, when the Titans (3-6, 1-4 Mission Valley Athletic League) face Irvington at Tak Fudenna Stadium at 7 p.m.
“I talked with my family for a while, trying to evaluate the pros and cons,” said Michaletos, who retired from teaching in 2006. “My wife (Jan) is a strong supporter of the program. It’s been tough on her all these years.
“It’s been kind of a hectic year for me, injuries (to players), kids not finishing up the program, not the things I really like,” said Michaletos, whose team had 20 players in uniform last week against James Logan. “Coaching is different than when I started. You have to fund raise now … I’m not going to miss that. What I’m going to miss is practice, seeing the growth.”
In 2008, Kennedy reached the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs. The Titans won MVAL titles in 1972 and 1988.
Michaletos, according to Cal-Hi Sports, eclipsed Herb Meyer as California’s longest serving head coach at the start of this season. Meyer was the head coach at El Camino-Oceanside for 45 seasons.
Michaletos said that he told his football staff of his decision on Sunday, then told his squad the news on Monday.
“I’m sad about it,” said Robert Nagel, a senior linebacker and guard who has played in the program for four years. “He’s a great coach, he’s been there for everyone. He’s always been there for me.”
“I just want to leave quietly,” Michaletos said. “I want to work my last day, turn off the lights and walk out of the office.”