GRANITE BAY, CA – Ernie Cooper announced to his football team that he would retire as their head coach at Granite Bay High School after winning a CIF State Bowl Championship just last season.
Cooper is the only head football coach Granite Bay has known. But after 17 seasons and five Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, he’s ready to move on.
News10 obtained a copy of Cooper’s statement issued on Wednesday, announcing his retirement.
“First of all, I want to say how much I appreciate the people involved in our program; 1. The Players; 2. The Coaches; 3. The Parents; 4. The administration, faculty and classified staff; 5. Our Boosters and the Granite Bay community; 6. My wife, Carol, and my daughter, Miko.
“I have been the luckiest guy in the world to have been the head football coach at Granite Bay High School. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of support.
“From everyone mentioned above; I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me.
“To the players, thank you for the dedication, enthusiasm and joy you bring to this campus and every day; keep that fire burning!
“For me that fire has not been burning as brightly. Believe me when I tell you that no one has put a damper on that fire. It is just time foe me to hand over the reins to someone else; I am retiring today as the head football coach at Granite Bay High.
“I leave this coaching job with great memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I truly thank everyone involved for allowing me to live out my dream. God bless all of you! – Ernie Cooper
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net