Red Lion football coach Pat Conrad jokes around with his quarterback, senior Tanner Klinefelter, during the YAIAA media day in 2011. Conrad is resigning as
Red Lion football coach Pat Conrad jokes around with his quarterback, senior Tanner Klinefelter, during the YAIAA media day in 2011. Conrad is resigning as coach. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- File)

A week ago, Pat Conrad was in the midst of an offseason program with his football players at Red Lion. By the weekend, his status as head coach was in question.

By Tuesday, Conrad turned in his resignation after nine seasons at Red Lion.

"It wasn't my decision, but one I had to make," Conrad said Wednesday night. "I'll leave it at that."

Conrad, who teaches social studies at the high school, said he plans to coach again. The question is, where?

The president of the York-Adams Football Coaches Association, Conrad said he will remain in that role until Red Lion hires a new coach. Athletic director Arnold Fritzius said Wednesday morning Conrad's resignation will be processed at Red Lion's next school board meeting Feb. 7. However, the athletic director also said he's already received two inquiries about it.

"We're looking for somebody who's going to pick up this program from where we are now, which we think is a good place," Fritzius said. "We want someone with quality coaching experience."

When asked about Conrad's resignation, Fritzius deferred to the Conrad, who plans to remain a teacher at the school.

Red Lion is coming off a 1-9 season. Conrad was 45-53 in his nine seasons, including a District 3 Class AAAA playoff run in 2010. That year, the Lions advanced to their first district championship game during a 10-4 season.

Conrad said that year, which culminated with a loss to then-defending champion Cumberland Valley, was his most memorable. It included a playoff win at rival Dallastown two weeks after the Lions lost a close game to decide the YAIAA Division I title.

"I'm proud of my staff and all of the players that did what we asked them to do," said Conrad, who also guided the Lions to district appearances in 2011, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

The opening at Red Lion comes on the heels of three other coaching moves in the YAIAA.

One vacancy was filled Tuesday, as Northeastern promoted offensive coordinator Jon Scepanski. Jobs at Dover and York County Tech, however, have been open for almost a month.

Fritzius dismissed the notion finding a new coach might be difficult at this point.

"It's not that late," he said. "We'll move forward. Once we got the resignation, we started the process to find a replacement."

As for Conrad, he does have one coaching job lined up in early May. He will be on staff for the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game in Downingtown.
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