Larry Singer, who led American Canyon High School to Solano County Athletic Conference football championships each of the last three years, resigned from his head coaching position on May 28.
Singer, the Wolves’ coach since 2015, informed assistant principal Cheri Flohr and athletic director James Dennis of his decision, saying he needs to spend more time with his family.
“It’s hard,” Singer said two days later. “Emotionally, it’s very difficult to let go of it. It hurts to step away. But for me, it’s something that I had to do.”
Singer had been involved with the American Canyon football program since the school opened, serving as head coach of the freshman and junior varsity teams before taking the varsity helm.
“I’ve been here since the beginning,” he said. “This year especially, it’s taken me away from my family more than I would like for it to have. It became pretty evident that it was important to step back and take care of them.
“I lost a lot of sleep over the three-day (Memorial Day) weekend. It wasn’t an easy decision.”
Singer is a full-time staff member at American Canyon and will continue in his position as the culinary arts teacher.
American Canyon completed its spring practice sessions in May and will soon join the new Vine Valley Athletic League in the CIF North Coast Section.
The Wolves went 7-4 overall last year and won the SCAC title, going 4-0. They advanced to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, beating River Valley-Yuba City, 17-10, and losing to Manteca, 62-32.
American Canyon was 11-2 during the 2016 season and tied for the SCAC title with Vanden and Benicia. The Wolves were 5-6 during the 2015 season and shared the SCAC title with Vanden and Benicia.
“We appreciate all the work that Larry has done,” said Crystal Lopez, American Canyon’s principal. “He built a winning program. He’s been a phenomenal coach. It’s going to be hard to find that replacement, but we’re confident that we’ll have some good applicants out there.”
The job opening was posted on May 30 at edjoin.org as a part-time-position. But Lopez said she is hopeful of getting someone full-time, to lead the program as the head coach and also teach.
“Coaching in high school, it’s a year-round job and it’s not an easy one,” said Lopez. “We are very fortunate in what Mr. Singer has built. He let us know, that in terms of the time schedule, he just really needed to focus on spending more time with his family.”
Singer was named as the Coach of the Year on the 2016 All-Napa County team after the Wolves reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals.
He informed the players in the program of his resignation after school on May 29.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” he said. “The kids are amazing. They’re hard working. They’ll put in the work that needs to be done to be successful. You set expectations, and to see a player reach those expectations and then exceed them is an awesome thing.”
In 2012 and 2013, when the Wolves were a combined 21-4 with back-to-back conference championships and consecutive section playoff appearances, Singer assisted the varsity staff, coaching the offensive line and middle linebackers in the postseason.
In 2014, when American Canyon tied for the SCAC title and made it to the playoffs, Singer coached the offensive line on the JV and varsity levels.
Singer’s experiences in football go back to his days in Kansas, where he was an all-league center and middle linebacker at Iola High School. Iola is a small town on the Neosho River in the southeast part of the state, about 90 miles from Wichita. The 1994 Iola graduate played two years of football at Garden City Community College in Kansas.
Singer is a graduate of Kansas State, earning a degree in management and a minor in business. He announced his resignation on Facebook with the following:
“Parents and Families, It is with deep regret and disappointment that I have to tell you that I have resigned as the Head Coach of American Canyon. This year has taken a tremendous toll on me and my family and I need to do what is right for them and step away from the football program. The administration has assured me that they will do their best to have someone in place as soon as they can. Thank you all for what you have done to make this program and me a success. This program would be nothing without the love and support you have shown through the years. Thank you, Coach Singer.”