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Los Amigos Coach Takahashi Resigns

After 28 consecutive years, Roger Takahashi is taking a break from coaching. On Wednesday, Takahashi told his Los Amigos football team that he is stepping down.

In five seasons, Takahashi, 46, led the Lobos to a 40-15-1 record and five playoff appearances. This season, Los Amigos went 7-4 and shared the Garden Grove League title with Pacifica.

“I’m a little tired right now,” Takahashi said. “Los Amigos is a high-maintenance place. I just don’t have the time to keep it up. It’s a gut feeling that it’s time to step back and take a break.”

Takahashi has a 3-year-old daughter. “I had to leave practice early sometimes to pick up my daughter,” he said. “It was an uncomfortable feeling.”

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Takahashi was prepared to leave after last season, but Los Amigos Principal George Willson convinced him to stay.

Takahashi began his coaching career at Santiago as an 18-year-old. He was a Santiago assistant for 13 years, a La Quinta assistant for two years before he took over La Quinta’s program from 1986-91. In 1989, he took La Quinta to the Division VI final. He spent two years as an assistant at Los Amigos before becoming head coach in 1994.

“It amazes me that I never left it,” Takahashi said. “I’m not sure how long of a break I’ll take. I’ll be able to tell next fall how much I do miss it. If I feel like there’s life beyond football, I might never come back.”


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