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Sira stepping away from 30 years of coaching at Amador Valley High

Original post made on Mar 1, 2016

To be a coach in this era at the high school level is nothing short of a can't win situation. No matter how your season turns out, someone is still going to be upset.

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Comments (12)

Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 1, 2016 at 8:11 am

"BIG TEAM. little me." Great coach. Sad to see him go.

Posted by Teri Bush
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Mar 1, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Thank you Rick for your time and service to AVHS and to the community as a whole. You have made a significant impact on many young lives. You will be missed. Good luck and enjoy your next adventure.

Posted by derek
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

I could have sworn coach sira started when I was at amador and I graduated in 1974?
Coach will be truly missed. And thanks for a great note Dennis.

Posted by Scott peters
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2016 at 8:02 pm

30 years!! Amazing. Coach Sira has inspired so many young men to become the best they can be, not just in football, but in life. I was fortunate enough to play for coach Sira at Amador and a number of years after that (D1 college and pro) and I have made many other coaches along the way, but Rick Sira is truly the cornerstone of what I believe is important (and often missing in todays society) in a head football coach. Thank you Coach Sira for providing your blueprint for so many of us over the years. For the critics out there who have something negative to say about Rick Sira, your view from the armchair isn't as good as my view. Amador and the Pleasanton community was blessed to have Coach Sira lead the football program for 3 decades and his shoes will be impossible to fill. Congrats Coach for your great run and thank you for the lessons and the memories. Scott Peters, class of 1997

Posted by Bonnie
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

"Big team, little me" Rick Sira was not just a leader on the field but he was a mentor bringing these players from young boys to young men. Though my son may not have been the star of the team he was equally treated by Coach and expected to behave as such. We had the good fortune to be involved with the team's "perfect" season, (2005?) it was a tremendous time for the boys and their families. We made life long friends through football and Coach Sira will always be an important part of my son's development. I used to wish he could coach Spanish and math as well, the boys never worked as hard as they did for Coach Sira. Congratulations, Rick. Thanks for the memories!

Posted by Patrick Gerigk
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2016 at 2:07 am

Thank you so much Rick Sira for being a great Coach, Mentor, Teacher and first and foremost Person. I had the privilege to play wide receiver for the 1990 Amador valley High School varsity team under coach Sira. He gave me an opportunity to excel at football and helped me to go on to play at the collegiate and pro level. I wish you all the best Coach. BIG TEAM little me!!!

Posted by Lori J Rice
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 2, 2016 at 10:38 am

Rick Sira is an amazing man who has been the heart of AVHS for years. I hope that someone starts a campaign to rename the football stadium "Rick Sira Stadium"... he deserves that honor!

Posted by Jenn (McCarty) Bartolo
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

What a great coach, teacher & man! He was my track coach when I went to Amador, and my son Mason Bartolo got to play football for him for these past two years! Sad Coach won't be there for Mason's senior year or for when my other son Cole Bartolo is coming up to Amador next year frown emoticon But congrats Rick Sira on touching so many lives for so many years - you deserve the peace & rest!

Posted by avhs grads
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

We have always loved Coach Sira! He was the best coach we had at Amador hands down. He represents the best you want to be as a player and person.He had the best run team organization on campus.

Posted by faustjonson
a resident of Village High School
on Mar 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

A cool !

Posted by The Cruz Family
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm

What superlatives can be used that have not already been said. All we can say is that the caring and compassion Coach Sira gave to our boys he gave to all. He imprinted that caring into the many coaches that were his former players that all came back to help. His coaching tree is only beginning to grow larger and larger. The adage of taking a village to raise a child is so true and we in our family are so glad that Rick Sira was in the same village with us.

Posted by accountability
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2016 at 6:31 pm

"Accountability?" Really? I guess that applied only to the kids. He left the football program $48k in debt. That is unconscionable and a total disgrace. He should have to pay it back with the bloated pension he is now receiving. Another sad example of public employees run amok. Thanks Mr. Sira.

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