SAN JOSE — The next time the Archbishop Mitty girls volleyball team plays, Bret Almazan-Cezar will not be leading the way. The coach who led the program to 11 state championships over 20 seasons has stepped down, the school announced Wednesday.
Almazan-Cezar and his wife are planning to relocate from the Bay Area, the school’s news release said, without identifying a location.
“During this time of shelter-in-place, I’ve had time to reflect on my past and my future,” Almazan-Cezar said in a statement. “In 2000, I had an opportunity to move my family to Silicon Valley and Mitty High School. I am truly grateful for getting the opportunity to be a part of an organization of wonderful families, coaches, and student-athletes.”
In addition to the numerous championships, Almazan-Cezar has been recognized as the national coach of the year multiple times. He was Mercury News coach of the year in 2017 after leading the Monarchs to their 14th state crown and 11th under Almazan-Cezar, who came to Mitty in 2000 after a run at Lincoln High in his hometown of Stockton.
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“It has been a joyous ride with many challenges, championships, and moments. I am humbled by our accomplishments and accolades that I’m sure you’ll agree that we’ve met if not exceeded expectations,” Almazan-Cezar said. “But even in the best books, chapters come to an end and another chapter begins on the next page. In this story, my family and I have decided that it is time to move to a place where things move more slowly.
“As I step away from my role at Mitty, please accept my appreciation for the many moments of teaching, learning, and inspiration.”
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment