Benicia High School Welcomes New Football Coach Scott Swartz

In a recent announcement, Benicia High School revealed the appointment of Scott Swartz as the new head football coach, replacing long-time coach and athletic director Craig Holden. Swartz has previously coached for the San Francisco 49ers, Oregon State University, San Jose State University, Northern Arizona University, and other high school programs.

In a Twitter post, the school shared, “Coach Swartz will offer spring ball for ninth through 11th-grade student-athletes planning to play football during the fall season starting on Monday.” Additional information about summer training and the start of the fall season will follow.

School District Addresses Holden’s Resignation

While an April 13 Benicia Herald article claimed that Holden was fired, Benicia Unified School District Superintendent Damon Wright clarified, “Mr. Holden resigned as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach on April 19 and the governing board accepted his resignation on April 20.” Holden will continue to serve as a Physical Education Teacher for the school district.

Regarding any potential disciplinary issues, Wright could only say, “Employee resignations are personnel matters and are confidential.” He acknowledged the success of the BHS football program under Holden’s leadership and emphasized their commitment to cultivating exceptional student-athletes.

Looking Forward

The school district remains committed to supporting Coach Swartz throughout his tenure, with Ron Wheat being named interim Athletic Director for Benicia. The school is actively recruiting for a permanent Athletic Director and plans to fill the position soon. The Benicia varsity football team’s 2023 season is scheduled to kick off with a home game against Maria Carrillo on September 8.

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