For the second year in a row, the West High football program starts its season looking for a new head coach.
Chris Myers, who has led the Wolf Pack coaching staff for the past year, confirmed Tuesday that he resigned last week after talking at length with West Principal Troy Brown and Athletic Director Derek Sprecksel.
Myers said that as the summer workout season began, he saw that his role as head football coach would take away from time with his family, including four daughters, and he chose to make his family the priority.
“There are a lot of factors that play into this decision, and that’s the biggest factor,” he said. “I just came to the conclusion that this was the best path for me and my family.”
Myers is still a physical education teacher at West, a job he has held since 2005.
Myers who was an assistant coach before taking over in May 2013 for former coach Matt Loggins, who first left to become the head football coach at Kimball High and then moved to Clovis to take the athletic director job at Clovis West High.
West went 1-9 in 2013, with a 33-person roster and only 27 players who suited up for the last game of the season.
The Wolf Pack could have a better season this year, with 60 players on the varsity roster for 2014. West is also preparing to play in a tougher league, as the San Joaquin Athletic Association and Tri-City Athletic League have been reorganized. The new TCAL is Lincoln, Lodi, St. Mary’s, Tokay, Tracy and West.
The rest of West’s coaching staff is planning to keep leading practices until Tracy Unified School District hires a replacement for Myers.
“We’re just practicing as normal, doing as we normally do, and making it the best experience as we can for the kids,” said Steve Anastasio, who is the head coach of the sophomore team and one of the varsity assistant coaches during spring and summer workouts. Assistant coaches T.J. Williams, Rob Ribeiro and Randy Allman also lead practices.
“We all have our positions,” Anastasio said. “Coach Myers put us in spots to do the job, and we’re just out here sharing the wealth and making things happen.”
Myers’ resignation doesn’t change the Wolf Pack’s summer schedule. Anastasio said that a joint practice with Kimball High’s team went as planned Monday, and West will host a full-contact camp with other teams July 8 through 10 in Steve Lopez Stadium.
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