York County Tech will have a new football coach. Doug Wilkinson, after two seasons on the job, said Thursday he was told last week the school will not bring him back and intends to hire a coach who teaches within the school.
Athletic director Rob Caruso confirmed the position was advertised internally on Friday but said he could not comment further, citing "personnel" matters.
Wilkinson was to be married Saturday and could not be reached for additional comment.
The Spartans were 2-8 in each of his two seasons, but Wilkinson's resume includes turning around a Kennard-Dale program he guided to two playoff berths, the last in 2009 before resigning.
Wilkinson said he was not pleased with York Tech's decision, expressing frustration he could not continue what he started with his players.
"I was blindsided by the whole thing," Wilkinson said Thursday, adding he does not expect to pursue a coaching job this fall, partly because of his new marriage.
As for York Tech, the Spartans should return many of their starters from last season's team. That includes the YAIAA's second-leading rusher in Calvin Savary and an 800-yard rushing quarterback in Dalmar Dickson. The defense, however, gave up 450 points, the second-most in the league last season and had a minus-16 turnover ratio. The worst of it came in an 81-58 Week 10 loss to Eastern York, in which Division III player of the year Alex Cooley rushed for 495 yards.
In the last six seasons, York Tech has just one season with more than two wins. That came in 2009 under Todd Knisely, who had just taken the job after serving under Wilkinson at Kennard-Dale.
Wilkinson took over at York Tech after he was set to serve as an assistant on Tim Hibbs' staff. Hibbs left for a job in Florida before the 2011 season, and Wilkinson became head coach.
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