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Longtime Newark Memorial Football Coach Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

Rich Swift, 60, has coached the Newark Memorial Cougars for 35 years.

A longtime Newark Memorial High School football coach has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, according to media reports.

Rich Swift, who coached football at Newark Memorial for 35 years, received news of the condition last Tuesday after receiving a CT scan, a close friend told the Bay Area News Group.

Swift, 60, is unable to speak but messages are being read to him, BANG reports.

According to BANG, Swift is the longest tenured high school football coach in the East Bay.

Since being hired in September 1978, Swift has worked as a coach, teacher and athletic director at Newark Memorial, according to BANG.

Last season, Swift led Newark Memorial’s Cougars to the Mission Valley Athletic League title match and to the North Coast Section Division II playoffs.

Read the full BANG report here.

Mark Helton February 09, 2013 at 11:23 PM
We didn't always see eye to eye, but I respect the hell out of the man. May God watch over you, and bring you relief.
Lori Cabrales February 10, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Coach swift is a wonderful person who is always there when you needed him. Thank you! God bless you . i will be praying for you everyday. Love Lori Ghiglieri/Cabrales
Courtney Jones Lundien February 10, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Coach, you were such a great positive influence on my life, as a student, swimmer, friend, and now mom. It seems like a lifetime since I've last sat in your office for a heart-to-heart, and yet it seems like yesterday. We are praying for you, and know you have it in you to fight this battle and win! You never gave up on me, and I won't give up on you now. You are loved and respected by so many, and we are all praying for your comfort and peace! Love, Courtney JonesLundien '92. <3
Sally Clark February 11, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Rich, good luck with this, the biggest game of your life. I can see by the letters that you are deeply loved by many people. Take it all in and fly through this obstacle. My prayers are with you, love Sally love, Sally Clark
Larry Lawrence February 11, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I am organizing a charity event for swift I'm going to bring Hollywood stars to perform comedy music interesting show please let me know if you can help me little Larry Lawrence 818 294 9468

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