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Kazmierczak Will Not Return as Coach

Oxnard High football Coach Neil Kazmierczak, who came within a game of leading his team into the playoffs last season, told his players Monday he would not return as coach next season.

“I’ve been asked by (Principal) Daisy Tatum to resign,” Kazmierczak said. “You know in these type of situations the coach doesn’t really have much choice. I can resign or be let go.”

Tatum said only that she and Kazmierczak “had a meeting,” and it was up to him to release details.

Kazmierczak, who was 8-12 in two seasons, said he does not want to resign and would rather put the onus on Tatum to fire him as coach. He said he expected to remain a history teacher at the school.

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“I don’t think it would be honest for me to resign,” Kazmierczak said. “That would make it look better on a resume, but I’m not too concerned about that.”

Kazmierczak, 30, said he was told the reason Tatum requested his resignation was a “personality conflict.” Kazmierczak said he hoped to return to coaching.

Water polo

Harvard-Westlake High’s Jimmy Duff and Albert Won, Westlake’s David Block, and Harvard graduate Richard Won, a freshman at Cal Poly Pomona who is Albert’s brother, have been selected to the 50-member U.S. junior national water polo training squad. The team for players ages 17 to 19 also includes Harvard graduates Ryan Flynn, Peter Kiefer and Luther Weidner.

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Thirteen of the 50 players will be selected to play overseas this summer.


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