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Swearingen resigns as Tiger coach

November 18, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

IMPERIAL — Imperial High School football coach Mike Swearingen announced Friday that he was resigning as the Tigers football coach and would step down as athletic director at the end of this semester.

"It's time for a change here," Swearingen replied when asked why he was leaving.

This concludes Swearingen's second stint as the Tigers' head coach. He returned to the school in 1994 after coaching the Brawley Union High Wildcats from 1990-93. Prior to his stint with the Wildcats, Swearingen began coaching the Tigers in 1985.

Swearingen has a 95-77-4 record in 16 years as a head coach. He leaves Imperial as the school's leader in most years coached with 13 and most career wins with 78. He holds the record for most playoff appearances with eight and most wins in the Imperial Valley Classic (against Holtville) with seven. He coached the school to a San Diego CIF Section co-championship in 1987.


Swearingen said that his entire coaching staff — Kerry Legarra, Victor Cruz, Richie Bonillas, David Milan, Frank Lugo, David Sanchez, John Romero, Manuel Barra, Victor Lopez, Jason Brown, Cody Swearingen and John Green — would not return, either.

"I really have appreciated the work of the coaches," he added. "They have been loyal and hard working. They're a great staff."

While Swearingen would not give any specifics, he says that his coaching career is not over.

"I'm not through coaching," he said. "I've already been approached by two schools about helping them next year."

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