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After 20 years and nearly 200 victories, Willie Matson was forced to retire as head football coach at Mission Bay High.

Parris Pisiona was fired after reviving the El Cajon Valley program.

Hans Graham resigned after nine years as head coach at Castle Park, his alma mater.

Jerry Ralph, who has 129 wins in 16 years as a head coach, is awaiting a decision by the Oceanside school district on whether he’ll remain coach at El Camino. Ralph has not been on the sideline for any games this season.

Four veteran high school football coaches forced out in the last three months.

Only Graham commented for this story.

“I want to thank the administration for their support of all athletic programs at Castle Park,” Graham said in a statement. “It was a pleasure to come to school every day and coach because of their commitment to athletics.”

Personnel matters involving coaches and teachers are confidential. However, each case is known to involve accusations of either improper language, improper physical treatment of players or allowing athletes to participate in violation of concussion protocol.

“What was acceptable 10 years ago, is no longer acceptable,” said Scott Giusti, head of athletics for the San Diego school district.

One veteran football coach, speaking on condition he not be named, agreed.

“I was a yeller and screamer,” he said. “I’d grab a kid’s face mask, berate him, then push him away.

“What I got away with 10 years ago, heck, even five years ago, I can’t do now. I have to control myself and my coaches at all times because you never know who’s watching.”

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