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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.

Robert Gonzalez February 07, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Plain and simple, he has been the single greatest influence on my life both as a student, player and eventually as a man. I love Coach Swift like a father and it saddens me that he has to fight this battle.
Gina Ghiglieri-Meacham February 07, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I love you, Coach!
Rob Sorensen February 07, 2013 at 08:33 PM
One of the best is Coach Swift. God speed you to health.
Misty Jenkins February 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM
This is so sad! I am so sorry to hear of this news. My heart goes out to you and your family and friends. I wish you nothing but the best. You are by far one of the best coaches and teachers at Newark Memorial. You were there as a teacher/ coach but also as a friend. You were there with my uncle, my aunt, and with me. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Natello Howard February 07, 2013 at 09:10 PM
He helped make me the man I am today and I am forever grateful to him. Many life lessons I learned were on that campus, practice field and in that stadium because of my Coach. Praying for you.
KD February 08, 2013 at 03:03 AM
When I cheered my son or daughter on you used to tell me I was their biggest fan and you used to mimic me, loved you from day one and still to this day. Our son and daughter are better people because of YOU, you only complimented me twice both times were when our kids received their white sweater award "most supportive parents to their kids" you are loved Coach Swifty love you god bless you Momma Gilroy ❤
Denise Freedman February 08, 2013 at 03:46 AM
With a heavy heart ... trying to write the right words. I Love you Rich. Just a few months ago we went on a road trip to visit /surprise Josie. It was one of the most memorable days I've ever had. The drive, scenery, and especially the special conversations. You are so special and we all who know you well ... Know that you are one of the most giving people I know. You've touched the hearts of SO many. You'll always be with me. I thank you - for making feel I like mattered when I needed it most. Until we meet again. God Bless you. Love Denise Ghiglieri Freedman
Justina Deanda February 08, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Coach, all i can say is thank you so much for everything you have done for me and my family. Thank you for motivating me through all my schooling and sports. You have had such an impact on me. You've helped me when I needed you whether it was for dumb boy problems or simply just to hang out have have good company. Words cant explain how much i appreciate you and everything you have done for me. I love you coach.
Anne February 08, 2013 at 06:01 AM
I've seen the difference Coach has made in the lives of his students and their families. i've watched as Coach consoled his team when they lost one of their players, and I'm lucky enough to have worked with Coach at Memorial. Sending hugs and prayers, Rich.
Shawna Gomez February 08, 2013 at 03:36 PM
To make a difference and to impact thousands of students as a coach, teacher, mentor,counselor, father figure, friend, colleague; for 35 years could only describe one man: Coach Swift. You are in our thoughts and prayers today and in our hearts forever. You alone have changed the footprint of Newark Memorial High School forever. Class of 86 will never forget Coach Ricktus Swiftus ! We are sending you love and immense gratitude. Shawna "Bradley" Gomez Class of 1986 and parent of NMHS Junior
Scott Rhoades February 08, 2013 at 03:39 PM
As a part of Coach Swift's first football program at the old Newark High School, it's been wonderful to see how much influence he's had on the community and an almost countless number of kids. This news makes me so sad. I'm glad we had the opportunity to catch up recently. Such a great man.
Rodney Rael February 08, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Coach Swifts has been part of my life for 33 years, not only was he my coach but both of my son's Rodney Rael Jr, and Jacob Rael. He has taught all of us life lessons. Are prayers are with Coach Swift.
Newton Hart February 08, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I became Rich's fellow coach and friend 1n '78 at Newark HS. I respected him as an educator, coach & person ever since. My wife, Carol, became his administrator when Newark & Memorial merged. We both have cared about this fine man ever since. He is in our hearts and prayers.
Sandy Travillian February 09, 2013 at 01:21 AM
I don't know you Coach but reading all the amazing kind words from everyone above let's me know you have truly been a gift to those around you. I have a co-worker who stop by my office to say he has been down and because of the news of your situation. He asked me to pull up the article and read it, now that I have I understand why he and so many others are devistated. May God bless you and your family. I'm a stranger my name but a sister by heart....ST
becki wiley phillips February 09, 2013 at 02:32 PM
whats up rodney..remember me becki wiley...my prayers go to the coach and his family,may they get the peace they deserve..love you coach swift..
Debra Hanson-Garcia February 09, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Praying for you coach Swift.......God bless you.
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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