Head coaches at two local high schools resigned from their positions last week – Gabe Stewart for personal reasons and Mike Tirabassi to pursue other opportunities.
Stewart, who coached the Mountain View High baseball team, told the Town Crier Thursday, “I chose to resign due to family circumstances.” A day earlier, Stewart gathered his players to tell them of his decision.
A teacher at Los Altos High, Stewart coached the Spartans for four seasons and guided them to the playoffs twice.
“I had a fantastic time at Mountain View High School and the players were great,” he said. “We had a lot of success, and I am proud to have been part of it.”
Tirabassi is also proud of what he accomplished at Pinewood School – the eight-man football team he helped launch four years ago just won its first league title – but the coach believes the timing is right to move on.
“I decided to step down to continue on in my coaching career,” said Tirabassi, interested in a job as a head coach or coordinator at a school that plays standard, 11-man football. “I was comfortable that my replacement and former assistant, Matt Irvin, could carry on the program, so I decided it was time.”
Pinewood athletic director Matt Stimson agreed that Irvin, part of the football staff since 2008 and the defensive coordinator the past two years, is the right man for the job.
“He will be great,” Stimson said. “Kids love him, he has great energy and this will make the transition very smooth.”
The vacancy at Mountain View remains.
“We will be posting the position online,” said athletic director John Payne, who acknowledged that assistant baseball coach Bill Gibbs has expressed an interest in the job.