NEWARK -- Longtime Newark Memorial High football coach Rich Swift revealed Wednesday on Facebook, through a friend, that he has an inoperable brain tumor.

Swift, who in November finished his 35th year as Newark Memorial's football coach, learned of the condition Tuesday after the results of a CT scan, wrote Stacy Kelly, a friend of Swift's and president of Newark Memorial's athletics booster club.

Kelly wrote that Swift, 60, is unable to speak but that messages are being read to him. "He's sleeping and being made as comfortable as possible."

Swift has been a teacher, a coach and the athletic director at Newark Memorial since September 1978. He is the longest tenured football coach in the East Bay.

Before working at Newark Memorial, Swift served as an assistant under former Kennedy-Fremont coach Pete Michaletos for three seasons when he was attending what was then Cal State Hayward. He graduated from Mission San Jose High in 1970 and Cal State Hayward in 1977.

This past season, Swift led the Cougars football team to the Mission Valley Athletic League title and the second round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs.

Correspondent Steve R. Waterhouse contributed to this story.



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