Re “Loureiro’s legendary career ends early” (Page 1C, Nov. 19): Mark Loureiro wrapped up a 30-year football coaching career at Escalon High last Friday, and it was a remarkable one. He became the seconnd-winningest public high school coach In California history, racking up 281 wins (82 percent of his games), three state titles, eight Sac-Joaquin Section titles and a bucketful of TransValley League titles. He did all that while having only one athlete who earned a Division 1 football scholarship.
Mark did not play football after high school, focusing on baseball at Stanislaus State and then a pro career with the Giants, so he was essentially self-taught in football. Whet he did have were leadership and charismatic qualities, plus the ability to pick great assistants and let them coach. The fact he had pretty much the same assistants for 20 years says it all. They were good at it.
Mark made history and now he walks off into it. Nice job, Coach Lou.
Art Rossetti, Manteca
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