Rudy Alcala’s first year as Los Altos High football coach turned out to be his last. School administrators have decided to replace him after the Eagles endured an 0-10 season.
“All I can tell you is we will be opening the position soon,” athletic director Kim Cave said last week.
Alcala said he was informed Nov. 19 that Los Altos officials “wanted to go in a different direction.”
The football team has been on a downward spiral since making the playoffs with an 8-1-1 record in 2010 under coach Bill Waggoner. The Eagles went 1-9 the next season, and Waggoner resigned at the end of it.
Enter Alcala, promoted after six years running the junior-varsity team.
His first season as a varsity head coach couldn’t have started much worse. Los Altos opened with a 53-8 home loss to Santa Clara, then fell 70-0 at Sacred Heart Prep before getting routed by rival Mountain View 55-8. The battered Eagles forfeited their next game due to a lack of players.
Over the nine games Los Altos did play, the team was outscored 404-65. The Eagles lost every contest by at least 21 points except a 14-10 setback to visiting Harker midway through the season.
“Life of a head coach is tough, and if we went 10-0 instead of 0-10, I think it would have worked out better for me,” Alcala said. “I got the chance and I am grateful but would have liked more time.”
Alcala hoped to return next season to coach many of the players who led the JV squad to a first-place tie in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.
“We have a great JV team moving up next year,” he said, adding that he has no plans to coach football next season.