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Ocean View football coach Luis Nuñez steps down

Luis Nuñez led the Seahawks to a 46-43 record and two Pac 4 League championships in nine seasons as Ocean View's coach.
Luis Nuñez led the Seahawks to a 46-43 record and two Pac 4 League championships in nine seasons as Ocean View’s head football coach.
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After nearly a decade as the head coach of the Ocean View High School football program, Luis Nuñez told the school Wednesday that he is stepping down.

Nuñez said he mulled over the decision for weeks, adding that the primary factor in opting to resign was to spend more time with his family.

“The demands of trying to keep it going and have a successful program in 2021, it requires so much more than it required just like 10 years ago,” said Nuñez, who has three kids. “It’s a lot of work, and it’s just pulling more and more away from me being with my kids, and I just didn’t want to be spread thin and not giving it my all.”

In nine seasons as the head coach of the program, the Seahawks went 46-43 and won two Pac 4 League championships. When Ocean View earned a share of the inaugural Pac 4 League crown in 2018 — largely due to an upset win at Western — it marked the first league title for the program since 1989.

“We were able to get a lot out of our kids here,” Nuñez said. “We’re a much smaller school than a lot of those schools. We have 1,200 [students] and we are battling schools that are more than double our size.”

Nuñez will remain on campus at Ocean View, where he is a history teacher.

“Obviously, selfishly, disappointed to see him not coach anymore, but I’m happy for him,” Ocean View athletic director Tim Walsh said. “He’s making a decision that he feels like is best for him and his family, and as someone who is a former coach myself who made a decision a few years back to step down, I can empathize, and I understand his feelings.

“I respect his decision and 100% support him, and I’m still glad that he’s going to be at Ocean View because he’s good for kids.”

Nuñez did not rule out a return to the sidelines down the road.

“I don’t have any immediate plans to coach anywhere, but hopefully the plan is that in a few years, we’ll see what it’s like,” Nuñez said. “God willing, hopefully I can get back out there because this is what I truly love. I have a passion for it, and the only reason why I’m at where I’m at is because of the game of football.”

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