Rich Swift 60

NEWARK -- Longtime Newark Memorial High football coach and athletic director Rich Swift died on Wednesday, eight days after learning he had an inoperable brain tumor.

Swift, 60, died at his home in Fremont where he had been receiving hospice care since leaving the hospital on Saturday.

"He was something very, very important to Newark Memorial High School," said Pete Michaletos, the former coach at John F. Kennedy High in Fremont who hired Swift as an assistant coach in 1974. "He was a great coach, a great AD, but just a great human being. He always put people first and always put himself second."

Published in San Jose Mercury News on Feb. 13, 2013