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College Park hires new football coach after previous one resigned “in good standing”

Five months after its season ended under a dark cloud, College Park has a new football coach. 

Mount Diablo Unified School District superintendent Adam Clark told the Bay Area News Group in an email this week that former coach Travis Raciti resigned “in good standing” after the season “to pursue other opportunities.”

The Pleasant Hill school hired Casey Moreno as its next coach. Moreno previously held head coaching positions at Hayward and Dublin.

“Our goal is to produce championship caliber young men who understand that winning has more to do with taking care of what’s important now, more than it has to do with who scored the most at the end of the game,” Moreno wrote on the College Park website.

Moreno takes over a program that won a league championship last season but was accused of running up the score in an 84-0 regular-season victory over Ygnacio Valley and poor sportsmanship in a playoff loss at Windsor.

Raciti and athletic director Jim Keck were suspended for the final two games of the regular season after Clark deemed the football team to have not followed the “operating principles of pursuing victory with honor” during the late October game against Ygnacio Valley.

After Raciti returned for the playoffs, his team’s opening-round loss at Windsor ended with the opposing coach, DJ Sexton, calling out College Park for “many cheap shots” and “many dirty plays,” accusations that resulted in an investigation by the Mount Diablo district.

The results of the investigation were not made public.

Raciti, who played at San Jose State and in the NFL, is now an assistant coach at Deer Valley, according to his Twitter account. He did not immediately respond Tuesday morning to a request for comment.

Keck said Tuesday morning that he wishes Raciti well, adding that he is “a young coach making some life decisions as to what is best for him and his family.”

Moreno was the head coach at Hayward from 2004-07, where his teams went a combined 26-19. He then moved on to Dublin, compiling an 11-29 record before parting ways with the school in 2011.

Keck cited that coaching experience and Moreno’s local ties as a reason for the hire.

“He came in and he’s got a system and he’s got a plan,” Keck said. “He focuses on character. I think all of those things, combined with the kids we’ve got coming back, should equate to a successful season.

Moreno was an assistant coach last season at Mt. Eden, according to the Hayward school’s website.

He is College Park’s sixth head coach in 10 years. 

“I am very honored and humbled for the opportunity to lead the College Park High School Football Program,” Moreno wrote. “I’d like to thank Principal Kevin Honey, Athletic Director Jim Keck, and Vice Principal Gary Jensen for this incredible opportunity.”

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