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Nevada Union's Humphers stepping away from sidelines

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Dave Humphers won’t be on the sidelines coaching the Nevada Union Miners football team next fall.

Humphers told The Union he will resign his post as head coach of the program today.

“There are a lot of parts to it, but I’m ready for a break,” he said. “I’ve been bouncing back and forth with it for a couple of years, making sure the program was ready to go, getting the staff together, making sure the program is fully funded and just making sure it doesn’t crumble.”

Since taking over the program in 1991 from former head coach Randy Blankenship, Humphers led Nevada Union to a record of 195-57-2, including four Sac-Joaquin Section championships and 10 league titles. Humphers was named “California Coach of the Year” in 2005, following the program’s third of four section championship seasons.

In announcing his retirement from the football field, he released his letter of resignation to The Union.

Check back with and Friday’s print edition of The Union for more on this story.

Letter or resignation from Nevada Union football coach Dave Humphers:

It is with an intense mix of emotions that I would like to make this statement.

On Thursday, May 2, I will step down as the Head Football Coach at Nevada Union High School. The long drive every year, the intense emotion, the highs and lows, have all added up. It’s time for a change for me, for my family, and for NU Football.

I am the most fortunate man on earth for the family I have raised and love. It is time to focus more on family, to watch my sons play college football, to watch dance performances and girls’ basketball, and to support my wife in her dreams and goals the way she has supported mine for the last 23 years. She has given the best years of her life to me, to raising our family, and to supporting my passion for NU football.

For the past 3 decades, I’ve had the best coaching job on the planet. I’ve been able to coach fantastic hard working young men, been honored to be part of their lives, to help them to accomplish their dreams and goals, and to help them to become the grown men they have become. I will never forget Adam Strain, and will always keep in touch with Noah Bailey, and will continue to hold great value in my relationships with so many former Miners. I’ve been able to take great pride and joy in coaching two generations from many families: fathers and years later, their sons. The memories from news clippings and photos of gritty effort, incredible poise under pressure, comeback victories, great commitment and passion, and the many smiling faces of satisfaction and success….all made this journey so rewarding. The ongoing support from this community has always amazed me and made me and our players feel valued.

I want to see Nevada Union football grow and thrive and continue in the quest for Excellence. I’m happy to be able to leave the program in great shape. Financially the program is on track to be fully funded, and the coaching staff is filled and ready to go. Most importantly though, our varsity team is working hard and they are getting faster and stronger. They are working well together and I expect them to be highly competitive. They are a fantastic group of young men of whom I am very proud!!

Proud to be A Miner for Life,

Coach Humphers

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The Union Updated May 2, 2013 12:31PM Published May 2, 2013 12:24PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.