to leave Buchanan, coach Reedley High football team
, one of the Central Section's winningest football coaches in a 170-win, 24-year career at Mt. Whitney
and Buchanan highs, is returning to his
roots and taking over the program at Reedley
"I'm doing something to make me happy and simplify my life a little bit," he
There's something to be said for going home."
is a 1977 Reedley
graduate and one of the rare three-sport participants in the history of the City/County All-Star games.
After playing baseball as an infielder at Reedley College and UC Davis
launched a coaching career that would see him go 35-20 in five years at Mt. Whitney
and 135-81-4 in 19 seasons at Buchanan.
He left the classroom at Buchanan while also assuming the athletic director's job the past two years, during which time he hinted about retiring as a coach.
Buchanan coach Mike Vogt walks the sidelines during the Bears' first-round Division I playoff game against Tulare on Nov. 18, 2011.
, with 170 win in a 24-year career at Mt. Whitney
and Buchanan, is returning to his
roots to coach football at Reedley High.
an accomplished coach and class act; he's
seen it all.
And we're just excited he's
going to come home."
, who will complete the school year as Buchanan's athletic director, said he'll return to the classroom in the fall at Reedley
while teaching a combination of English and physical education.
"I had an opportunity to teach English at Mt. Whitney and my first seven years at Buchanan," he said, "and it was the happiest time of my life."
In the Reedley
football program, he
replaces another Pirates graduate, Myles Bacon, who went 11-21 in three seasons before resigning in December.
Vogt won a Central Section title at Buchanan in 2000 and will be leaving the section's most high-profile league, the Tri-River Athletic Conference, for one that has struggled for years: the North Yosemite.
"I've never been real concerned what league I coached in or what division I was placed in," he