Dave Murphy Resigns as Simi Grid Coach After Six Seasons

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Dave Murphy has resigned as football coach at Simi Valley High, six years after accepting the position and four years after the school's only Marmonte League grid championship.

In six seasons, Murphy became the second winningest football coach in Simi Valley history, despite a 1-19 record over the past two. He compiled a career 21-40-1 mark.

Murphy on Saturday tendered a two-page letter of resignation to Simi Valley Principal Dave Ellis, who set no timetable in finding a replacement.

Among the reasons for resigning, Murphy mentioned the problems a three-year high school like Simi Valley has in competing against four-year schools in the Marmonte League. He also said that football has maintained a lower priority than other sports on the Simi Valley campus.

Murphy will retain his duties as coach of the girls' basketball team.

"There comes a time when you have to leave gracefully," Murphy said. "I've seen very little progress in certain areas. It wasn't anybody's fault, but it's not getting done.

"I'm happy. I know what I'm doing is right."

Ellis said he accepted the resignation with mixed feelings.

"I don't blame Dave for the decision he made," he said. "He has been a class guy always."

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