Vicki Jean Sveda, a high school teacher, died Thursday morning in Thousand Oaks after a five-year battle with breast cancer. She was 54.
She was born Oct. 20, 1946, in Ventura and was the eldest daughter of Charles and Jean Reynolds.
She graduated from Granada Hills High School in 1964 and attended San Fernando Valley State College. In 1969, she earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and a teaching credential.
While in college, Sveda played basketball, tennis, volleyball and field hockey.
After graduation, she began a career as a physical education teacher at Lindero Middle School in Agoura Hills. She founded the school's first after-school program for girls and served on a committee that wrote the first Las Virgenes Unified School District curriculum for physical education.
In 1975, she transferred to Agoura High School, where she taught classes and coached the drill team, pep squad, basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer and tennis. She was known as "Coach Sveda."