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November 19, 2010 > Irvington football coach honored

Irvington football coach honored

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Long-time Mission Valley Athletic League football coach Skip Cain has been honored by the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers.

In each of the past four years, the 49ers have honored the role of unity in strengthening communities, acknowledging a nonprofit agency, youth football coach and current 49er player that demonstrated a commitment to unity around the community with the Perry/Yonamine Unity Awards.

Named after former 49ers players Joe Perry and Wally Yonamine - two people who exemplify the cause to the fullest - the award winners are rewarded with a $10,000 grant that will be donated to their respective organization.

Cain's resume includes a pair of two-year stings - first at Lincoln High in Stockton; secondly at his current stomping grounds of Irvington High - followed by 25 years at American High School, where he was a match teacher and football coach, and back to Irvington, where he's been the football coach for the past eight years (six of those he spent as a match teacher before retiring from teaching in 2008. The $10,000 grant will go directly back to the Vikings football program - indirectly to the athletic program as a whole.

Cain has coached the Vikings football team for eight seasons - continuing to coach the team after retiring from teaching two years ago - finishing the 2010 year with a 2-8 record. Cain's most successful season with the Vikings came in 2005, when he led the team to an MVAL title with a 9-4 record overall, 6-0 in the league.

Upon the selection (which is picked by a selection committee based who meets the awards' criteria) Cain will publicly be honored at Candlestick Park in San Francisco during the 49ers game on Sunday, Nov. 21, vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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