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Football notes: Marrujo still going strong

By STEVE FRYER
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Ronald Reagan was in his first year as president when Mike Marrujo was in his first year as Valencia football coach.

White House residents have come and gone since 1981, but Marrujo still is the commander in chief at Valencia.

This will be Marrujo´s 33rd season coaching the Tigers. Is it his final season?

"This might be my last year teaching," said Marrujo, 62, who teaches history at the school. "They´ve told me I can stay on coaching when I retire from teaching. I´m kicking that idea around, for sure."

Marrujo has coached through winning and losing seasons. Most have been winning ones. His 256 victories are third-most in Orange County history, trailing the 301 of Los Alamitos´ John Barnes and the 276 of Mission Viejo´s Bob Johnson.

This should be another winning season. Valencia returns plenty of key starters from last year´s team that went 8-4 and finished second in the Empire League with a 5-1 record. The Tigers´ junior varsity and freshmen teams were undefeated in league last year.

Marrujo still is at it not because of the winning, but because of the coaching.

"I´ve been coaching my whole life," he said. "I love being out there."

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