Posted: 2:18 pm Monday, November 14th, 2011

Spanish River head coach Ray Berger resigns 

By Matt Porter

After Spanish River’s most successful season in recent memory, head coach Ray Berger resigned.

Berger, who will remain a physical education teacher at the Boca Raton school, informed the school’s administration of his decision Monday morning. He cited a need to spend more time with his elderly mother and 5-year-old son.

“[In] coaching, you need a guy who spends every minute focusing on football. I don’t have every minute right now,” Berger said. He did not rule out coaching again in the future.

Berger led the Sharks to a 4-6 season after going winless in his first two years at the school. The team went 1-19 before he took over prior to the 2009 season.

The Sharks won their first three games this year, breaking a 26-game losing streak. Berger leaves with a 4-26 mark at the school.

“Even when we struggled, we had the greatest kids in the whole world,” he said. “I had a lot of fun. I know winning is the name of the game, but we had some special kids.”

Berger, 48, has a career record of 79-58. He was 75-32 in two stints at Santaluces (1994-2003, 2007). He was an assistant at Atlantic from 1988-94.

Spanish River Athletic Director Kevin McEnroe said the school does not currently have a replacement in mind.

“Right now, we want to get through the banquet and the end-of-the-season routine first. Then [Principal Will Latson] and I will sit down and see where we want this to go.”

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