Santa Rosa High football coach Keefer resigns

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Santa Rosa High football coach Tony Keefer resigned Wednesday after a 2-8 record in his only year at the school.
Keefer, 28, said he stepped down because he couldn’t devote the time he felt was necessary to be a successful coach. Keefer, who is married and has a 10-month-old daughter, has a full-time job doing administrative work for a plumbing company in Novato.
“It was very tough to step away from the program,” Keefer said. “But I don’t feel like I have the hours you need to put in as a high school coach. At least not to do what it takes and make it work the way I want to.”
Keefer’s departure appears to be another blow to a struggling program riddled with instability. Santa Rosa has made eight coaching changes since 1994 and had two winning seasons in the past 20 years.
Keefer said his team’s on-field performance — or the prolonged struggles of Santa Rosa’s program — played no role in his decision.
“The administration was nothing but supportive,” said Keefer, a former star quarterback at Cardinal Newman and Santa Rosa Junior College. “They went above and beyond to help me in whatever way possible.”
Santa Rosa athleteic director Gary Dellepere said he hopes to hire a new coach by early March, if possible.
I’ll have a full story on Keefer’s resignation, which will likely be online tonight and will appear in Friday’s paper.