Brad Livingston is no longer the varsity football and boys' volleyball coach at Central York High School.
The Central York School District issued the following news release on Friday afternoon:
"After discussion in executive session among members of the board of school directors and district administrators, it has been determined that the best interests of the district would be served by posting the positions of head coach for both the football and boys’ volleyball programs.
"We are grateful to former head coach Brad Livingston for his many years of service and understand that he has impacted many lives throughout his tenure as head football coach and head volleyball coach. It is clear from those who have come forward recently to share their respect and admiration of him that he has made a difference in those whose lives and athletic careers he touched. We appreciate his commitment to the program and thank him for the time and effort he has given to Central York High School’s players and their families.
"Please be aware that, as a matter of law and as a matter of policy, the board and administration cannot discuss confidential personnel matters publicly. Therefore, we will not comment further on this issue,nor will we respond to questions or comments that may be made."
Livingston's future as the head varsity coach of the football and boys' volleyball programs has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks. He's been the longtime head coach in both sports.
A message Friday afternoon seeking comment from Livingston was not returned.
In the two most recent Central school board meetings, a number of former and current Central York students, parents, athletes, coaches and administrators have passionately defended Livingston during public comment periods.
There was growing frustration among those who came out to voice their concerns over rumors that Livingston would be forced out as coach of the two athletic programs if he didn't take a deal allegedly set in place by the administration. That proposed deal allegedly required Livingston to remove himself as head coach of the football team and focus solely on the boys' volleyball team.
The following is Livingston's official statement regarding his dismissal as the head coach of the Central York football and boys' volleyball teams:
Simply, succinctly stated – I will not be returning to coach the CYHS football
team in 2016. I have been terminated effective immediately. There will not be any further
comment from me regarding the school district’s decision. Suffice it to say that my
departure is not voluntary. I will confirm that I had planned to continue as Central York’s
head football coach next season.
I am extremely grateful to all our current and former athletes, our extended
coaching staff, and the Central York community for their support of this football
program. I would also like to single out Mr. Marty Trimmer for a special thank you. I’ve
always been grateful for his unwavering support and guidance throughout my coaching
career. Marty’s friendship has helped me to get through this particularly difficult time. I
will miss working with Marty Trimmer.
To ALL our athletes – words can’t express the depth of my gratitude for your
commitment to our football program, and to each other. Your hard work, effort, and team
spirit have uplifted your teammates, your coaches and our fans each and every season.
Hopefully life will treat you all well as you move through the years. I thank you for
embracing the lessons that football teaches. I treasure our relationships. As Coach Ells
Kissinger would have said – “Fight On”.
To my coaching family – I don’t really know what to say to you. We are indeed a
true family. During my career as a head coach I have been blessed to work with men of
character; a few of who were also characters. Thank you for having both of those
qualities. I’ve admired you for your dedication and commitment to our young men. I
thank you for seeing them as people rather than “football players”. Your knowledge of
the game is exceptional, as is your ability to teach the game. Mentoring our young men
has been your forte. We have shared the joy of seeing young guys come into the program
and watching them leave us as young men.
Hopefully your coaching careers will extend beyond my own. The game and its
players need each of you. You are great people and I have been fortunate to have all of
you as friends. I will certainly miss the time we spent together.
To my wife and children – I owe you an apology for the time we lost together as
a family due to my chosen vocation. You have my gratitude for allowing me to do what
makes me happy, and made life enjoyable. I owe you a debt that I can never repay.
Only you and I know the tremendous toll that my coaching career at Central York
has taken on our family. I am truly sorry for that cost. However, I thank you for letting
me be myself. You have given me your unwavering support each and every day of this
journey. I love you all very much.
In conclusion, I want to thank the Central York School District for giving me the
opportunity to serve our athletes and community. It’s been a wonderful 46-year love
affair of service to my home school district.
I’ll put a little twist on Mr. Trimmer’s favorite saying so it reads as follows, “It’s
been great to be a Panther.” God Bless. God Speed.
This will be Coach Livingston’s only statement
regarding his dismissal. Please do not call, email, or
otherwise seek any interviews or comments at this time.
Also, I would appreciate your cooperation in either
publishing my statement in its entirely or not publishing
the statement at all. I prefer that bits and pieces not be
taken out of context.
Finally, I want to thank everyone in the media. I have
enjoyed our relationships and will miss talking with you
about my passion – Central York athletes. You’ve
treated me well over the years and I appreciated that.
God Bless – Goodbye!
Successful career: Livingston had been the head coach of the football team for 34 years, but is coming off one of his worst seasons in 2015. The Panthers went 3-7 overall and 2-5 in York-Adams League Division I play. Overall, Livingston has a career football record of 211-153-4.
He's been a part of the volleyball program much longer, dating back to the 1970s as an assistant before taking over as the head coach in 2002. The boys' volleyball program has been one of the most successful teams in the state at the PIAA Class AAA level. In his 14 years as head coach for the boys' volleyball team, he's led the program to four District 3 titles and has been a part of many of the team's six state titles, including most recently in 2014.