After 31 years of coaching football, compiling a record of 216-108-3, winning four Central Coast Section championships, going 14-0 in 2010 and capturing a CIF Division I state title, Paly football coach and athletic director Earl Hansen, 62, has announced his retirement, effective next June.
Hansen, who reportedly made his decision to retire a year ago, finally broke the news when he addressed his team Monday morning.
Palo Alto's 2013 season came to a 6-6 end in following a 45-21 loss to St. Francis in the CCS Division II semifinals. Hansen ranks No. 5 all-time in the CCS for career wins, coach both at Paly (26 years) and San Lorenzo Valley (five), and was named state coach of the year in 2010 by Cal-Hi Sports.
Hansen will continue his current jobs as PE teacher and athletic director, while helping in the search to find a new football coach and AD.