November 22, 2008 in Sports

Longtime U-Hi coach Ganey resigns post

By The Spokesman-Review

Mike Ganey, the longest-tenured football coach in University history, has resigned, according to a news release from the Central Valley School District.

In a prepared statement, Ganey said his resignation was involuntary.

The 60-year-old coach had long been involved with the Titans, first as an assistant coach and for the last 16 years as head coach where he compiled a 67-81-1 record and four playoff appearances.

“He’s been a hard worker and has dedicated 16 years of his life to University football,” activities coordinator Ken VanSickle said. “Being a head coach takes a lot of time and he’s done that.”

VanSickle said he plans to open up the job outside after the holidays, he hopes by January. They’ll interview candidates and present the choice to the district board of directors by early March, he said.

Over the last 11 years, the Titans had gone 56-48. They had postseason games in 1998; 2000, when they shared the Greater Spokane League title; 2002, when they had a GSL-best 8-1 record; and 2004. They finished 3-7 this season with a young team.

“I wish to thank Bill Ames, the retired vice principal and athletic director, for providing me the opportunity to become a teacher and head football coach for the University Titans,” Ganey said. “I also want to express my appreciation and gratitude to our coaching staff, present and former football players and the dedicated parents for their consistent and positive contributions to the success of our program over the last 16 years.”

Ganey said he will continue teaching social studies at U-Hi and wants to continue coaching football somewhere in the future.

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