DANVILLE -- Mark Kessler has been fired as the San Ramon Valley High football coach and was replaced by Wolves assistant coach Aaron Becker, who served as interim coach for Saturday's North Coast Section Division I first round playoff game against San Leandro, according to multiple sources.

Wolves players learned of the coaching change during a team meeting Friday after school, sources say. No further details or reasons for Kessler's dismissal were available Saturday evening, and San Ramon Valley athletic director John Raynor, contacted at Saturday's game, would not comment further on the firing.

The No. 6-seeded Wolves beat the No. 11 Pirates (6-5) 42-24 at Burrell Field in San Leandro at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The Wolves (7-4) head coach since 2009, Kessler was reportedly not at practice Friday. Becker has served as the Wolves offensive coordinator.

Kessler did not return a phone call seeking comment, but a post Saturday from his Twitter account -- @coachkessSRV2h -- read, "Go Wolves, adversity is like the wind, sometimes in your face, and sometimes at your back: but always blowing! #TAAO"

San Ramon Valley finished second in the East Bay Athletic League this season with a 5-1 record.

In 2012, the Wolves were EBAL co-champions with California and advanced to the NCS quarterfinals before falling to Amador Valley. In 2011, the Wolves beat rival Monte Vista in the section semifinals before falling to De La Salle in the championship game.


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Kessler teaches health, physical education, and football conditioning at San Ramon Valley. He has been teaching at the school since 2004.

Kessler was promoted to head coach in June 2009 after serving on the Wolves staff for four years. Kessler replaced former head coach Dave Kravitz, who'd resigned.

Kessler's Wolves' teams have a cumulative record of 35-25 over five seasons, including going 20-13 in the EBAL.

Before coming to the Wolves program, Kessler had two-year stints as a head coach at Las Lomas (1995-1996) and Benicia (2002-2003), where his teams were a combined 14-25. He also was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and running backs coach at Solano College.

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