After two years in charge, Brian Tinker has been fired from his position as football coach at Fossil Ridge High School.
Athletic director Ken Denning gave Tinker the news Friday.
“It’s just a personnel issue,” Denning told the Coloradoan, without expanding further.
Tinker took over the program before the 2014 season, moving to Fort Collins after coaching in his native Oklahoma.
The SaberCats went 5-5 in both his seasons, making the Class 5A playoffs each year. Fossil Ridge had never made the 5A playoffs prior to his arrival. They did make the playoffs in 2007, when they played in 4A.
Tinker wanted to process the news before speaking publicly but said through a parent of a player that “the boys are his family. They’re his boys and he’s devastated.”
In Tinker’s two years, the program gained newfound momentum after the team had mostly floundered since its first season in 2004. The SaberCats moved up to 5A in 2010 and went 10-31 but hadn’t won more than four games in a season prior to Tinker’s arrival.
Last summer the Fossil Ridge football team and Poudre School District had a disagreement on Fossil Ridge’s plans to honor military members, ultimately reaching a contentious compromise.
Denning didn’t put a timetable on hiring a new coach, saying he had to take time to process and develop a plan.
“I’m really proud of what Brian’s done here and how far we’ve come in our program in the short two years that he’s been our football coach,” Denning said.
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