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February 19, 2013 > A tribute to Rich Swift

A tribute to Rich Swift

Submitted By Coach Tim Hess, Newark Memorial High School

Longtime Newark Memorial Athletic Director and football coach Rich Swift passed away, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, eight days after learning he had an inoperable brain tumor. Mr. Swift grew up in Fremont, attending Mission San Jose High School, where he was an outstanding football player and wrestler. While in high school, Mr. Swift was a two-time NCS Wrestling Champion.

Swift started his coaching career at Kennedy High School in 1974, moving to Newark High School in 1977 and continuing at Newark Memorial High School in 1983 when Newark and Memorial High Schools merged. California Hall of Fame football coach and former Kennedy High School coach Pete Michaletos was quoted, "He was a great coach, a great A.D., and just a great human being. He always put people first and always put himself second."

For the last eight years, Mr. Swift has been the tournament director of the NCS Boys Individual Wrestling Championships hosted at Newark Memorial High School. Mr. Swift was a dedicated math teacher for 35 years and high school coach for 38. Coach Swift was one of the first teachers at school early in the morning and last to leave in the evening. His service to high school educational athletics was invaluable and his loss is immeasurable. God bless this fine man!

Editor's Note:
A memorial service will be held in honor of Coach Swift at Newark Memorial High School Event Center on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.

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