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Sweetwater coach steps down

09/16/2015, 9:25pm PDT
By Don Norcross

Veteran Brian Hay cites health reasons for decision to leave program


Coach Brian Hay's teams were known for a double-wing offense that executed a powerful running game.

Brian Hay has stepped down as head football coach at Sweetwater High because of health reasons. Hay, 45, said he is battling stress and was diagnosed with 40 ulcers.

“My doctor has advised me to seriously take it easy. No stress,” said Hay. “If I don’t take care of it, it can do some serious damage.”

Longtime Hay assistant Wesley Charles takes over at Sweetwater, which is 0-3 heading into tonight’s game at Chula Vista. Hay teaches physical education at the school and will continue in that role.

Hay was in his third season at Sweetwater and 21st season as a head coach. Prior to Sweetwater, Hay coached seven seasons at Mar Vista, four at Hilltop, two at El Centro Southwest and at Banning High.

His record at the San Diego Section schools is 76-90.

While saying turning over the job in the middle of the season is difficult, Hay added, “It’s what’s best for the kids. I can’t give them the time I need to do certain things. My exhaustion level is super high. It’s what’s best for the kids.”

Asked if he plans to return to coaching, Hay said, “I’m up in the air about that. I’ve been doing it for 21 years.”

Hay’s teams have been known for executing a double-wing offense that featured tight splits among the offensive linemen and a grinding running game. In 2013, his first season at Sweetwater, Hay led a program that went 2-8 the previous season to a 9-4 record and the section Division IV championship.

That team ran the ball 594 times during the season and attempted 27 passes.

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