Finley leaves Washington for new coaching position 

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After five years as the football coach at Washington High School, in which he won an Academic Athletic Association championship and made four Turkey Bowl appearances, Karl Finley resigned from the position this week.

Finley did not return repeated phone calls, messages and emails on Thursday, but Washington athletic director Lawrence Chan confirmed the resignation and the San Francisco Section’s website has the coaching position at the school listed as “TBA.”

Chan also confirmed that the Eagles’ 2012 schedule is set, but declined to comment on any other topic regarding Finley or the search for a replacement.

According to the Solano County Daily Republic, Finley left Washington to take over the coaching job at Armijo High School in Fairfield, where he will continue his habit of rebuilding high school programs.

Armijo went 1-9 last season and Finley, a Marin County resident who works at the Marin County Jail in San Rafael, succeeded at rebuilding in prior stops at San Rafael and Tamalpais. He also spent two years as the coach at the College of Marin in Kentfield. He replaces Aaron Toliver, who stepped down after one year.

SHC adds new girls’ coach: Sacred Heart Cathedral announced the hiring of LyRyan Russell on Thursday to take over the girls’ basketball program. Russell will take over for Mike Carey, who resigned from the position in May after three seasons at the helm. Russell, who played for the Irish boys’ team and graduated from Sacred Heart in 1997, went on to play at USF and then played professionally in Germany.

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