Anastasio out as Kimball varsity football coach
by Bob Brownne
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After three years as coach of the Kimball High football program, Steve Anastasio will not return next year with the Jaguars.

The school administrators and Tracy Unified School District officials would not give a reason for Anastasio’s departure from the job.

District spokeswoman Jessica Cardoza said that personnel issues are not subject to public disclosure.

Anastasio said on Monday, Jan. 28, that his contract had expired and that it would not be renewed by the district.

“They just decided to go in a different direction,” he said. “I would have loved to be here. I enjoy working with the kids.”

Anastasio declined to comment further.

He will continue in his role as a physical education teacher at Kimball High.

Coaches are paid a $6,169.69 stipend per year in addition to their teaching salary.

Kimball High athletic director Steve Thornton said that the district’s human resources division began advertising for the open position on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and will take applications for two weeks.

Thornton said priority goes to applicants already working for the school district.

“I anticipate there will be some interest in the district,” he said. “If not we’ll open it to the outside.”

Once applications are collected, the district will form an interview committee to screen applicants, set up interviews and make a recommendation to the human resources department and TUSD board of trustees, which decide the final hire.

Anastasio became Kimball’s head football coach in 2010 — the school’s first year of varsity football — after 12 years as the West High sophomore football coach.

His record at Kimball was 8-22, including a 5-5 record in 2012 which was just short of making the playoffs.

Anastasio was hired in 1988 by TUSD and has also served as West High’s varsity baseball coach from 1999 to 2006 and varsity softball coach from 2007 to 2012.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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skubula
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February 06, 2013
Hey, how about Nick Eddy .... wow .... what great years!!!
paper06
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February 04, 2013
Thats why All the tracy programs suck they higher teachers instead of real coaches ... Granted some teachers are good but very few. They need to get off that policy period!!
Skam1022
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February 05, 2013
There have been many outstanding coaches who have been teachers. Schneider, Lopez, Thornton, and Stroup come to mind. All of them did pretty well.
paper06
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February 06, 2013
None of them coach anymore period.. Im talking about what Tracy sports have turned into a joke.. The kids are not learning anything isnt that what its about the kids? The highering of these new coaches specially at the lower levels is a complete joke the worst at Tracy high. It needs to stop if you dont know whats going on go to the some of the basketball games.
shelly13
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February 06, 2013
Stroup? Don't make me laugh. Oh wait, which one???:)
smeedemann
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February 07, 2013
I couldn't agree with you more! Until the schools in Tracy start hiring coaches they will continue with the mediocrity that they have. Sure, there are always exceptions to the rule but those are very few. What scares me even more is after watching these coaches, I can't imagine them teaching! Most of them are only in it for the stipend and not the kids!!
Seek_the_Truth
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February 02, 2013
After 25 years of service to TUSD sports, "THEY decided to go in another direction?!?" Wow, at least THEY got another crab feed fundraiser out of Anastasio the week before they went in "another direction." How disrespectful to a coach who has dedicated his life to youth sports.

Kimball High football went from a startup to having a winning season in three years - that proves Anastasio is a good coach...so why take a new direction? I think the players and parents deserve an answer.

I've heard Kimball is plagued with poor leadership, especially in the front office. Sounds like they made yet another poor decision. I hope Anastasio finds a new home in the district....perhaps he can help turn around West High's football program?
norcaldad
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February 02, 2013
The truth is this.

1. Kimball had the best football talent in town this year. They should have never lost to Tracy High this year. The HC at Tracy High knew that and was happy to out coach Anastasio this years. If Loggins was at Kimball, they would have gone 9-1. He is the best coach in Tracy. West had no talent for him to work with. They were small and slow. 5-5 is not a winning season.

2. The players lack of discipline comes from the example set by their coach. QB and another player got suspended doing an immature prank. HC tried a couple of times to get other players out of trouble for cheating on exams.

3. The Kimball administration is the best in town. The Principal and Vice Principals set high standards. They do not let anyone get away with monkey business. They hold people accountable and do what's right. Kimball's test scores and standards are the highest in Tracy right now.

4. To bad about Rob and Steve Wichman. They are good coaches. Sometimes the baby gets thrown out with the bath water. They will bounce back. All the good people do.

5. I am sure Anastasio is a great guy but his hire was questioned 3 years ago. Those naysayers were right.
smeedemann
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February 07, 2013
Anyone ever see Anastasio coaching the West High Girls Basketball team? I sure would like to have someone explain that to me. Talk about the 'Good ol Boy' network in full force! Whenever the schools in Tracy stop recycling coaches then they will have winners!
mtrew
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February 01, 2013
...and they did not offer the job to the Wichmans either? Rob and Steve are great coaches. Too bad, they will be a great loss. Good luck at Lathrop guys!!! :)
Skam1022
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February 04, 2013
The Kimball head football position did not open until after Steven Wichman had accepted the Lathrop job. If you know about the TUSD hiring policies, you would know that it would have been difficult to hire Steven. The TUSD policy is to open all coaching positions within the district first and if there are qualified candidates they must be considered before the job can be opened to the outside. Steven does not teach in the district. Based on the potential candidates in the district, it is unlikely that the job will ever be opened to the public. That is unfortunate for Steven and for Kimball, but the school's hands are tied because of district policy.


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