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Mendez resigns as Westwood football coach

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:22 pm | Updated: 1:12 pm, Thu Nov 3, 2011.

Westwood football coach Greg Mendez resigned this week.

Mendez met with principal Helen Riddle on Monday, and, after discussions with his family, decided it was time to move on.

"It was solely my decision," Mendez said. "At this point in my life it’s the best thing for me, my wife and with a young child and a second child on the way (due in April). I'm looking forward to that."

"I’m proud of it. I think we made some strides. Time to let me step away for a bit and let someone else get it going."

Mendez 13-32 in four seasons as coach, including a couple playoff appearances. He played at the school in the mid-1990s, played in college in Kansas, and returned.

Out of college, he was hired by former Westwood coach Roger Suchomel in the early-2000s and continued when Eddy Zubey came to Westwood in 2006.

When Zubey left for St. Mary's in 2008, Mendez became the school's coach.

He'll continue teaching at the school, and was open to the idea of coaching again in another capacity, be it Arizona or elsewhere.

"At some point but that’s not priority moving forward," Mendez said. "Obviously I love football and coaching and want to continue doing that,  but it's not my main priority right now."

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