Seven wins from becoming the Central Coast Section's all-time winningest football coach, Los Gatos High's Butch Cattolico has decided to retire at the end of the school year.

"It's the right decision," he said.

In 26 seasons, Cattolico led Los Gatos to 12 section and 16 league titles. He fell short of winning a 13th CCS title Saturday when the Wildcats lost to St. Francis in the Division II final.

Cattolico, 63, finished with 264-62-5 record. He is second all-time in wins behind former Saratoga coach Benny Pierce, who won 270 games.

The record is "just not that important," Cattolico said. "I try not to keep track of those kinds of things."

Cattolico, who is also retiring as a math teacher at the school, said he hopes to spend more time with his grandchildren in the Sacramento area, where his son Joe was the coach at Pleasant Grove until he too stepped down this week.

The elder Cattolico didn't want to speak for his son, but added that he would be "shocked" if Joe, who led Overfelt to a CCS title in 1998 as a 24-year-old coach, applied for the Los Gatos opening.

Butch Cattolico said he knew months ago that this would be the final season of his long coaching career but kept it quiet because he didn't want the spotlight on him.

What does Cattolico plan to do next?

"I don't play golf," he said. "One of the things I'd like to try is a vacation. I hear they're very interesting."