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May 14, 2010 > Mission boys varsity coach steps down

Mission boys varsity coach steps down

By Sanjna Shukla

Pete Vaz of Mission San Jose High School has decided to step down as head coach of the varsity boys basketball team. He has coached 25 years in all: 22 as a varsity coach at Mission; two as JV coach; and one year as varsity coach at Castro Valley High School.

Boys basketball at Mission San Jose High School has struggled for the past few years, including this last season. The team ended the season with 11 wins and 15 losses. However, coach Vaz ended his coaching career on a good note as the Warriors crushed the American Eagles 51-35 in the last game of the season.

Coach Vaz is a highly regarded coach in the Mission Valley Athletic League, and has the record to prove it. During his stint as varsity coach at Mission, coach Vaz snagged a total of 254 wins. Also, during the 1990-1991 season, his team was ranked ninth in the state. Coach Vaz made a presence in not only the Mission Valley Athletic League, but also in North Coast Section, and will be greatly missed in both.

Pete Vaz has always had a great interest in coaching as he worked at Michael Jordan's basketball camp for five years, and then continued coaching high school. His coaching prowess is proved by the fact that he is close friends with the assistant coach of the NBA's Chicago Bulls. Vaz frequently visits him, as well as his friends who are coaches of college teams. His connections with other coaches help him further his coaching range and ability.

Coach Vaz announced late in the year that this season would be his last. Although he loves coaching and the sport, he decided that coaching was becoming more difficult for him "physically and mentally," and it was time to call it a career.

Although he will no longer coach at Mission, he will continue his role as the Physical Education Department Chair at the school. Coach Vaz also has his own basketball camp, VazBall, in Castro Valley. His love for the game is exemplified by the fact that VazBall is a nonprofit organization; it's sole purpose is to help emerging players develop their skills.

Pete Vaz had a successful and rewarding career, and will be missed as head coach.

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