Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco will leave his post of 21 years this summer.
Saco announced at the section’s Jan. 15 board of managers meeting that he would retire in August, after the 2013-14 sports season ends and the section inducts its third hall of fame class.
Saco is the third commissioner to lead the section since it was formed in 1942. Since 1993, when he took over, the section has grown from 115 schools to 195, expanding from three divisions to seven.
Programs he initiated include the Dale Lacky Memorial Scholarship Program, which recognizes each league’s most accomplished scholar-athletes. Exhibition matches played by basketball and volleyball teams at the start of their seasons, called foundation games, support the scholarship fund.
Saco also instituted the section’s hall of fame, the Dick Nelson Community Service Award, the Women in Sports Conference and an expansion of the California Interscholastic Federation’s Model Coach program.
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