Tempe Marcos de Niza head football coach Paul Moro has been diagnosed with lung cancer, reports say.
Last season, Moro became the winningest coach in Arizona high school football history, passing Vern Friedli. The longtime coach, whose career started at Lakeside Blue Ridge in the White Mountains, currently has 335 wins and 13 state championships.
“Paul is an amazing coach and person,” Marcos de Niza Principal Sean McDonald said. “In the short time he has been at Marcos, he has impacted several students and staff members both in the classroom and on the field.”
The Padres are 1-1 this season. Even with the recent diagnosis, the Padres will still have Moro on the sideline this season.
“It is hard to keep Coach Paul Moro down,” McDonald said. “Football is a major part of his life. It is how he impacts people. He is one special man.”
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