Jack Greer has decided to step down as the Morro Bay High head football coach after two years on the job and more than two decades of coaching at the varsity level.
Greer told The Tribune on Friday the decision was made in order to spend more time with family.
“I simply need a break,” said Greer, who has been on the Pirates' staff for 21 years. “If you do this job correctly, you don’t have a spring or summer. I just need to spend more time with my wife and kids.
“I’d just like to say thanks to all the great local coaches that have supported me throughout my tenure at Morro Bay. … Thanks for all the support and encouragement.”
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Morro Bay went 15-8 in the two years with Greer at the helm. The Pirates were 7-4 and 5-1 in the Los Padres League this year, despite losing starting quarterback Dan Beavers midway through the season with a knee injury. The team earned a spot in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoffs, falling 28-7 in the opening round to Buena.
Greer said he was contemplating the idea of resigning throughout the year, but wanted to wait until after the season to make a final decision.
Three weeks into the offseason, Greer informed Morro Bay principal Dan Andrus and athletic director John Andree he was walking away. The following day, he held an emergency meeting to tell his players.
“It wasn’t a hasty decision,” Greer said. “I didn’t want to tell them right after the season when everyone was still physically and emotionally drained.”
Greer said he will continue to teach physical education at Morro Bay High, and that he has not ruled out returning to coaching in the future.
“For me right now in the short term, I’m just focused on myself and my family,” he said. “But coaching is in my blood and has always been in my blood.”
Greer began his career as a coach in 1987, when he joined the staff at Mission Prep while attending Cal Poly. He said he was offered a job at Morro Bay after graduation, and has never left.
“I knew my playing days were over with, so I got into the next best thing — coaching,” he said.
Greer’s son and daughter are both seniors at San Luis Obispo and will leave for college in the fall, furthering his desire to spend time away from the sidelines.
“That’s going to be my spring and summer this year,” he said.