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Rick Sira steps down as Amador Valley football coach

Rick Sira confirmed that he has stepped down as Amador Valley High’s football coach after 30 seasons.
“I had been thinking about it for a while,” said Sira, 62. “After I retired as (an Amador Valley) vice principal (in 2014), it was a year-by-year thing. After the season, I thought about it and I thought I would step down.”
In the 2015 season, Sira was the longest-tenured East Bay high school varsity football head coach with one school. In addition to his years at Amador Valley. He was also the head coach at Irvington from 1982-1985 and an assistant at John F. Kennedy-Fremont, under his high school coach and mentor Pete Michaletos, from 1974-1981.
Sira, who said he turned in his letter of resignation on Feb. 22, mentioned a couple main reasons for his decision.
“I was an off-campus coach for the first time in my career, and it was really different,” he said. “I just didn’t have that comfort level with that.”
He cited the lack of “interaction with the kids throughout the day. See them at lunchtime, see them throughout the day, being aware of how things are going for them.”
“The other thing, I was hoping that there would be a PE opening at Amador Valley. Perhaps this was an opportunity to bring someone that could be there 20 or 30 years.”
Sira’s teams won outright East Bay Athletic League titles in 1996, 1997 and 2004, and shared titles in 1994 and 1990. His teams reached North Coast Section playoff championship games in 1996, 1997 and 2004.
Sira hopes to still be connected with the Amador Valley team.
“I would like to stay involved in some degree with the team, whether that’s coaching or breaking down film … passing equipment out, whatever,” he said.
Sira said “the principals and the superintendents that allowed me to coach and be a vice principal have been spectacular,” and mentioned the principal (Cyril Bonanno) and superintendent (Bill James) in his first season in 1986. Sira said there were “umpteen” parents and staff members “a wide array of people that have been so supportive of me and my program.”
He also thanked longtime assistant coaches Keith Roberts, Rich Hanson, Steve Riddle and Bob Riddle.
“I was extremely fortunate to have support from parents and coaches and community members,” Sira said.

Phil Jensen

  • MLK MLK

    Left the football program in debt. Way to go Sira. Douche bag!!