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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 10:03 pm | Updated: 2:43 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Tempe Corona del Sol football coach Gary Venturo, the longest active head football coach in the East Valley, said Monday he will resign on Tuesday after guiding the Aztecs 23 seasons.

"I'm going to resign (Tuesday)," Venturo said. "I've been coaching 39 years and been at Corona for 23. It takes a toll on you. I need a break. I'm not saying I'm done yet. I'll take the next five months or so and see how I feel. If the itch is still there I'll try to get back in it somewhere, 5A-4A-3A, it doesn't matter. Coaching is coaching."

Venturo has a 154-101-1 coaching record. His best seasons were 1989 and 1991 when the Aztecs reached the 5A semifinals. They lost to Mesa Westwood in 1989 and to Phoenix St. Mary's in 1991. The Aztecs reached the playoffs in 12 of Venturo's 23 seasons.

Corona was 4-6 this season, missing out on a postseason berth with a 25-21 loss to Gilbert Highland on the final night of the regular season.

"I got to coach my kids, had great support from the adminstration and staff," Venturo said. "I bleed orange."

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