High school football: Oak Grove hires Marcus Reese as coach

SAN JOSE — Marcus Reese, a star linebacker at Oak Grove two decades ago before moving on to UCLA, was named head football coach at his high school alma mater Monday.

“We’re really excited to have him,” co-athletic director Rick Huck said. “He goes above and beyond the call of duty. He really wants to make a difference. He’s had opportunities to coach at other places. But he’s made it clear Oak Grove is near and dear to his heart.”

Reese takes over from Jay Braun, who was dismissed in February, more than two months after he cursed at an administrator along the sideline during a game and left before its conclusion.

The East Side Union High School District board listened to numerous testimonials between November and February, both for and against the longtime coach, before announcing its decision in mid-February to let Braun go.

Jack Hamner, Braun’s East Side Teachers Association representative, said on the day of the district’s verdict that “ESTA has been waiting for arbitration. We should have been there three months ago. ESTA is looking forward to getting Jay Braun his due process in arbitration.”

Hamner did not immediately respond to a text message Monday.

Reese was among the program’s prominent names who spoke out against Braun at district board meetings.

An assistant under Braun the past five years, Reese was interim coach for the team’s Central Coast Section playoff game last fall at Valley Christian, a 36-0 loss that closed out a 6-5 season.

Reese also is the school’s head track coach.

“He’s well loved by all teachers and players,” Huck said. “He’s a perfect fit.”

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