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Pacifica football coach Vinnie Lopez announced his resignation on Thursday, ending his seven-year tenure about two weeks before the Mariners’ season-opening game against Orange on Aug. 19.
Lopez said he resigned because of personal reasons.
“I’m very, very proud of all of the accomplishments we were able to do in my seven years,” he said. “I wish the Mariners football community the best.”
Lopez said he wasn’t with the Mariners when they opened fall camp on Aug. 1. He declined to say why he wasn’t in attendance but added he remains a physical education teacher at Pacifica.
A Garden Grove Unified School District spokesman also declined to say why Lopez wasn’t at camp Aug. 1 or who will be coaching Pacifica this season.
“Unfortunately I cannot comment on personnel matters,” communications specialist David Mora said.
Lopez compiled a 44-28 record in seven seasons, leading the Mariners to the share of two Empire League titles and five playoff appearances. He developed standouts such as Ben Jefferson (Air Force) and Isa’ako Togia (San Jose State).
His best season was 2017 when Pacifica finished 10-2 and reached the second round of the Division 10 playoffs.
The Mariners lost a few high-profile transfers after finishing 8-3 last season and challenging for another league title. Quarterback Darius Cowens, wide receiver/defensive back Jordan Ross and wide receiver Jeremiah Ingram departed. All three are now listed on Warren’s roster on MaxPreps.
Pacifica went 2-8 in each of the two seasons before Lopez took the reins. He arrived after a strong, three-year turnaround run at El Rancho, where he earned coach of the year honors in 2014
Staff writer Steve Fryer contributed to this report.