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Pacifica football coach Vinnie Lopez resigns after seven seasons

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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).

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