It seemed like a marriage made in heaven. Jim Benkert, the football coach at Westlake for 26 years, moved a short walk away to private school power Oaks Christian in 2015.
This past season, he guided the Lions to a Southern Section Division 2 championship. Oaks Christian was set to return all but two starters in 2018.
And yet, Benkert said Wednesday he is out as coach. He cleaned out his office in the morning after finding out Tuesday night that the school had already hired a director of football — former Oaks Christian assistant Mike Sherrard, who had been an assistant at Alemany.