Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 6, 2013

Hansen: It's time to retire

Palo Alto football coach, AD officially steps down in June

Palo Alto High has been playing football for 104 years. When the 105th season begins next fall, the Vikings will have a new coach.

After 31 years of coaching football, compiling a record of 216-108-3, winning four Central Coast Section championships, going 14-0 in 2010 and capturing a CIF Division I state title, Paly football coach and athletic director Earl Hansen, 62, has announced his retirement, effective next June.

Hansen, who reportedly made his decision to retire a year ago, finally broke the news when he addressed his team Monday morning.

Palo Alto's 2013 season came to a 6-6 end in following a 45-21 loss to St. Francis in the CCS Division II semifinals. Hansen ranks No. 5 all-time in the CCS for career wins, coach both at Paly (26 years) and San Lorenzo Valley (five), and was named state coach of the year in 2010 by Cal-Hi Sports.

Hansen will continue his current jobs as PE teacher and athletic director, while helping in the search to find a new football coach and AD.

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