Coaching stalwarts Zoffuto, Farda leaving sidelines
by Dave McNabb    Sat, Apr 1, 2006, 12:40 AM

W.T. White's Mike Zoffuto and Mike Farda of Irving Nimitz, two of the state's most respected coaches, won't be on the sidelines next year. Zoffuto will become his school's athletic coordinator. Farda will be leaving Nimitz after 26 years to become athletic director at Class 2A Maypearl.

Zoffuto, 59, has been one of the state's most high-profile coaches with three decades at Mount Pleasant, Lake Highlands and White. He coached future NFL punter Maury Buford in East Texas and made Lake Highlands a perennial state playoff power with his option-oriented offense at Lake Highlands, which dubbed its home stadium "The Boneyard."  He left Lake Highlands after a dispute with the school district and was hired at White in 1999. In eight seasons at Lake Highlands, Zoffuto compiled a 69-27 (.719) record from 1987-1994. His career coaching record is 154-62 (.713). In his last season at Lake Highlands, the Wildcats reached the 1994 Class 5A Region II final with an 11-3 record. They lost to eventual state champion Tyler John Tyler, 27-7, at Texas Stadium.

Zoffuto gained national attention the week before that final John Tyler game as part of an emotional broadcast team calling a dramatic 48-44 Tyler victory over Plano East.
Leaving a legacy through three decades at Nimitz, Farda was extended a contract by the Maypearl school board this week to be athletic director/administrator/coach. He's expected to assume duties this summer. Irving ISD athletic director Joe Barnett said he hasn't received a formal resignation from Farda but it was Barnett's understanding Farda likely will not be a fulltime coach at Maypearl.

Farda was successful in keeping Nimitz competitive in Class 5A for his 26 years at the school. Nimitz had a 166-89-8 record under Farda with 10 playoff appearances. Nimitz had six playoff appearances through the 1990s. Nimitz reached its first playoff under Farda in 1982. hasn't reached the playoffs the last three years but had a 6-4 record last season. In 2005, Farda was named the Bank of America/Dallas Cowboys Coach of the Week for a victory at Arlington Lamar.

Maypearl competes in Class 2A and will be in District 11-2A the next two years with Dublin, Grandview, Hico, Itasca, Rio Vista and Keene (basketball only).



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