Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco held back the tears Thursday at the section office in Lodi. But it wasn’t easy. The former Lodi and Tokay coach and administrator announced at a news conference he would be retiring, effective Aug. 31. He informed the section’s board on Wednesday that he is done after 21 years.
Saco, 61, built a reputation as a hard-minded rule enforcer, in charge of overseeing transfer eligibility and playoffs for the section’s 195 high schools. He welled up as he began by thanking wife Barbara, before pulling himself together and explaining his decision.