Mesa Red Mountain baseball coach Henry Faccio has piloted his last game.
After 30 years of teaching and a tenure that made him one of just two head baseball coaches at the school since it opened 20 years ago, Faccio on Monday said he's retiring.
"Time to break away and just go in a different direction," he said. "The program is stable and has a bright future. It's time for a younger person to take over and take it to the next level."
Faccio began as the school's baseball coach when it opened and then took a couple years off in another educational role. He returned in the mid-1990s and has been Red Mountain's coach the past 15 seasons.
Red Mountain, which won its only East Valley Region title under Faccio last season, is currently on a streak of six straight trips to the state tournament. The Mountain Lions' 2008 season ended last Saturday with an extra-inning loss to Gilbert Highland.
"This has been a fun season," Faccio said. "The competition has been so good this year, and it's pretty even. There have been so many extra-inning games in the last year and at the state tournament. That's an indication how close and competitive it's been."
Faccio has spent more time at one school than any other local 5A coach except Scottsdale Horizon coach Eric Kibler.