Created: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ANTHONY VALDIVIA RESIGNS AS ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL’S ASSISTANT COACH/TEACHER/DEAN OF STUDENTS
After four years of service, Mr. Anthony Valdivia has resigned from his various roles at St. Francis High School to pursue a new path as head coach of Watsonville High School’s varsity football program for the 2020/21 school year. The administration of SFHS gives their sincerest congratulations to Valdivia, as he returns to his alma mater in a well-deserved role that he has dreamed of for many years. “We want to congratulate Coach Anthony Valdivia on becoming the Head Football Coach with a full-time teaching position at his alma mater, Watsonville High School,” said St. Francis Athletic Director, Adam Hazel.
“We've been lucky to have him as an administrator, teacher and assistant coach here at St. Francis. He will do a phenomenal job at Watsonville, as he's more than ready to take over a football program of his own and will continue to be the excellent teacher that he is. We will miss him at St. Francis, and we wish him, his players, and his students nothing but the best.”
Under his guidance, Valdivia helped the Sharks varsity football team win the Cypress Division Championship in 2017. In addition to his role as Offensive Coordinator, Valdivia has been the school’s Dean of Students and Social Studies teacher. We thank Valdivia for his dedication and commitment to St. Francis and wish him the very best in his new endeavor.
Mr. Valdivia released the following statement expressing his bittersweet feelings about resigning, effective summer of 2020:
“It has been an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity to teach, coach, and serve as the Dean of Students at St. Francis High School. I wish to thank the students, parents, staff, Mr. Lee and the Board for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community. I have felt the presence of God numerous times while working here and I know He will continue to bless this campus with His grace and love. I will miss greeting students every morning, the sunrise over Kelly Lake, and the joy of coaching on the St. Francis sidelines. Please keep me and my family in your prayers as we venture into the next chapter. Thank you for the great time we have spent together.“