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CV football coach quits to fill offensive-coordinator position at Davis
Tim Garcia, Central Valley High School's first and only head varsity football coach, submitted his letter of resignation to Ceres Unified's personnel office on Tuesday.

Garcia was hired to fill the offensive-coordinator position at his alma mater, Modesto's Grace Davis High School, this past week. Tim will also be a P.E. instructor.

"We'd love to have Tim stay," Central Valley Athletic Director Michelle Parrish said. "But you never want to step in the way of people's dreams and goals. He's doing what's best for his family and career. It had nothing to do with Central Valley. He's going back to a place where he went to school. He's a hometown boy. Losing him is tough but we totally support him in everything he does. He really made a connection with our kids. They loved him."

The Hawks amassed a 19-41 overall record and 10-29 mark in conference play under Garcia's guidance.

Garcia was hired to establish a football program and teach four strength and conditioning classes at Central Valley in 2005.

The Hawks enjoyed their most-successful season to date in 2008. Central Valley finished 5-5 on the year and fifth in the Valley Oak League (3-4) thanks to the play of Trevor Mew, Deangelo Williams, Rick Rogers, Stephen Fonsworth, Vince Lopez, Tyler Dodd, Alex Casas, Nick Mead, Nate Lopez, Dario Manriquez and Michael Melton.

Mew, the top-rated passer in the Sac-Joaquin Section, guided an offense that averaged 28.1 points and 382 yards per game.

Central Valley nearly pulled off a major upset against Hilmar during the preseason.

The Yellowjackets edged out the Hawks 10-8 with a game-ending 21-yard field goal.

Hilmar captured the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V title at the end of the year.

The Hawks appeared on their way to victory after taking an 8-7 lead with 5:52 to play.

Central Valley collected its first win at the varsity level against Chavez in 2006.

Competing with a roster full of underclassmen, the Hawks posted a 33-18 victory over the Titans.

Central Valley had an overall record of 1-9 and placed last in the VOL (0-7).

Central Valley had a near-perfect record against crosstown-rival Ceres High during Garcia's tenure.

The Hawks won five straight after dropping the inaugural showdown 20-7.

Garcia starred at quarterback at Grace Davis High School, Modesto Junior College and University of Mary.

Tim served as an assistant on legendary head coach Mike Glines' staff at Central Catholic High School in 2004. He helped develop quarterback Austin Sanford, who passed for 1,655 yards and 20 touchdowns while leading the Raiders to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship.

Ceres Unified will fill the head coach opening at Central Valley next week.

Approximately 29 people applied for the position.

Interviews will be conducted by Parrish and Principal Amy Peterman this Friday and on June 18.

The Hawks' new leader will inherit a team, which will try to accomplish several firsts in the near future.

Central Valley has never compiled a winning record or qualified for the playoffs.

Returning players Ja'Quan Gardner (running back), Marcus Rodriguez (defensive line) and Abraham Navarro (quarterback) will lead the way.

Gardner, the Western Athletic Conference's Most Valuable Offensive Player as a sophomore, rumbled for a school-record 1,985 yards and 25 touchdowns. Ja'Quan carried the ball 218 times and didn't fumble once.

Rodriguez was named to the WAC First Team.

Navarro, a varsity starter since his freshman year, missed six games with a knee injury in 2011.

Angelo Bermudez, Raul Godinez, Benjamin Anitelea, Marcus Clark and Milton Uti, key players on last season's 7-3 JV team, will contribute at the varsity level this year.

"Tim will be missed," Parrish said. "We need to find someone to fill his shoes. It's not an easy task."

Garcia did not respond to phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.