MARTINEZ -- Dave Silveira won't be out in the summer heat this year, helping the Alhambra High football team get ready for another season.

After 34 years at the school, Silveira is now fully retired.

He taught his last class on June 7, two days after being honored by the Martinez City Council for an outstanding teaching and coaching career at the city's only high school.

The city council proclaimed June 5-7 as Dave Silveira Days for his contributions to the school and community over the last three-plus decades.

Silveira taught physical education at Alhambra, but was better known throughout Martinez as the school's longtime varsity football coach.

After compiling an overall record of 209-113-5 with three North Coast Section titles and 12 league championships, Silveira stepped down as head coach following the 2009 season.

"He resided over the golden era of Alhambra football," said Alan Hern, who took over as the Bulldogs' head coach in 2010. "He was a larger than life figure, really, in Martinez. But he was never a guy who sought out attention, limelight and glory."

But even after taking a step back and handing the reigns over to Hern, Silveira remained part of the football program. He was the defensive coordinator the first two years, then helped with film and scouting last season.

This summer, without any football responsibilities, he'll be able to travel and spend time with his grandchildren.

Hern, who played for Silveira in the late 1980s, says Silveira's absence at school and on the football field next year will take some getting used to.

"He loves football and he wanted kids to know what it's like to be part of a good team and all the other skills you learn," Hern said. "How to grow up to be a responsible person, that was all part of the experience."

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