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Serra basketball coach Chuck Rapp: ‘I don’t want to do this job unless I can do it right’


SAN MATEO — Chuck Rapp expects a lot from his players. He demands a lot of himself, too.

But for the second time in four seasons, Rapp’s body won’t allow him to fulfill his duties as Serra’s basketball coach to the level that he requires.

So last week, Rapp decided to relinquish his role for the season that tips off Dec. 3. He hopes to return next season.

“I don’t want to do this job unless I can do it right, unless I can be 100 percent, full speed,” Rapp said Friday. “I demand the best the kids have, I demand everything they have. They, in turn, should expect the same out of me.”

Rapp, 52, is one of the region’s top coaches. His teams are known for lock-down defense.

But the maestro is hurting.

Rapp led the program to its only state championship in 2016, then sat out the next season after undergoing hip surgery.

The hip is still ailing.

“It’s still not cooperating and it’s not where I want it to be, or my doctors want it to be,” Rapp said. “It’s just been too long, and I’ve got to get this thing right.”

Rapp plans to continue teaching P.E. as the hip continues to heal.

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Serra athletic director Justin Ferdinand confirmed the news, which was announced in a news release.

“In consultation with his doctor, he just had to make a decision to put his health first, which obviously we as a school completely stand behind 100 percent,” Ferdinand said.

He added: “But just with the schedule of his physical therapy, he wanted to do what was best for the players and the program. And, unfortunately, this was the correct route to go.”

Rapp, who pushed the pause button on what would’ve been his 19th season on varsity at Serra, broke the news to his players a week ago.

“It was really hard for me to do so, that was a very tough conversation,” Rapp said. “I felt bad. It just kills me not to be there with the guys and I felt like I was disappointing the kids, letting them down. I told them that my heart is there, but my body is not. And I’ve got to get right, but I’ll be supporting them in spirit, I’ll be there behind the scenes, I’m always there for them, my door is always open if they need anything.”

Longtime assistant Brian Carson, 45, who joined the coaching staff prior to the 2006-07 season, takes over on an interim basis.

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