SAN JOSE -- Matt Haniger, who led Archbishop Mitty to the Central Coast Section Open Division championship game last season, stepped down as football coach Thursday and was replaced by former coach Dave Brown.
Haniger met with Principal Tim Brosnan and then broke the news to his players.
In his address to the team, Haniger said, "It is with mixed emotions and a heavy heart that I am letting you know this morning, that I am resigning as head coach and this is the reason why ..."
Haniger then went on to say, "I need to be more present for my family. I have been around this program for over 40 years and a part of it as a player or coach for 24 years.
"Over the past 12 years, I have spent one season coaching one of my own children. This is something that I have deeply regretted. As a coach and more importantly a father, there are not too many more rewarding opportunities than successfully coaching your own child.
"I need and want to be able to spend more time with my family. I want to have a more active role in my children's overall growth as people, including the opportunity to coach each of them in team sports.
"I want you to understand that this is one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever had to make."
Haniger took over for Brown after the 2006 season, and his teams went 50-28-3 overall and 29-16-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League. The Monarchs shared the WCAL title with Serra last season and with Bellarmine College Prep in 2009.
Brown coached the team for 25 seasons, resigning in 2006 after 136 victories.