SAN JOSE — Marcus Reese, who starred for Oak Grove High in the late 1990s before moving on to UCLA, officially has been named interim football coach at his high school alma mater, principal Martha Brazil announced in a letter to parents Tuesday.
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The letter thanked Jay Braun for his years of dedication but did not say why he is no longer the coach.
Braun was seen walking off the field in the final minutes of Oak Grove’s 23-15 win at home over Westmont on Nov. 3 and did coach the team in its 29-14 victory at Leigh on Thursday, according to sources.
Reached by text, Braun said he planned to comment but had not when this story was published.
Oak Grove, which won the Blossom Valley Athletic League’s Mount Hamilton Division championship for the fourth year in a row, will travel to Valley Christian on Friday night in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division II playoffs.
“I think the attitude is OK,” Reese said. “I don’t know exactly all the stuff going on, and the kids don’t, either. But the main thing we’re trying to do is just keeping them focused on the football game.”
Braun took over the Oak Grove program in 2009 after previous jobs at Cupertino and Yerba Buena.
The Westmont game was Braun’s 100th with Oak Grove, a storied San Jose program that had won six CCS championship before his arrival.
Braun finished with a 67-33 record, six outright league championships, one shared league title and one CCS championship.
Reese has been on Oak Grove’s staff the past five seasons. The former Mercury News player of the year said he did not know whether he would apply for the permanent job, noting that his focus is on this week.
“I am just trying to get by this season, and then I’ll look into it,” Reese said. …read more
Source:: East Bay – Sports