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  • JOSÉ LUIS VILLEGAS / jvillegas@sacbee.com

    Nevada Union head coach Dave Humphers before Friday nights prep football game between the Grant Pacers and Nevada Union Miners in Del Paso Heights, California.

  • Hector Amezcua Bee file, 2008 Dave Humphers of Nevada Union is coaching his sons Gabe and Hank this season. Both are key players for the Miners.

NU football coach resigns after long run

Published: Friday, May. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 - 6:20 pm

Nevada Union High School football coach Dave Humphers is stepping down after 22 seasons, citing the wear of year-round duties and wanting to spend more time with his family.

Under Humphers since 1991, the Miners won 195 games, reached the postseason 17 times, and won 10 league championships, six city championships and four Sac-Joaquin Section Division I titles.

Humphers, whose trademark was wearing an old blue fishing hat on game days, installed a wing-T offense at Nevada Union that befuddled defenses with myriad fakes and counters while maximizing the efforts of small running backs and linemen.

Along with all his success, Humphers' greatest joy was coaching his sons, linebackers Gabe and Hank, the past two seasons. But the year-round responsibilities of leading a successful program – including fundraising, weight training and player development – took a toll.

In his letter of resignation, Humphers wrote in part: "The long drive every year, the intense emotion, the highs and lows, have added up. It's time for a change for me, for my family and for NU football."

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