York High, New Oxford looking for head football coaches


It's been five days since the 2015 York-Adams League football regular season ended and already there are two open head coaching positions.

Both the York High and New Oxford football teams are searching for new head coaches for the 2016 seasons, both confirmed on Wednesday.

After every season, York High opens up its coaching positions. However, Athletic Director Joe Chiodi did say on Wednesday that Head Coach Shawn Heinold informed him that he would not be re-applying for the position.

"We post all of our positions, regardless of won-loss records, at the end of every year," Chiodi said. "And Shawn has told me that he will not be back."

Heinold has been the head coach of the Bearcats for the past six seasons, taking over before the 2010 season. He went 17-44 in his tenure, with his most successful year coming in his first. York High went 5-6 under Heinold that season, losing in the first round of the District 3-AAAA playoffs, the only time the program qualified for the playoffs in Heinold's tenure. The Bearcats made the postseason every year between 2006 and 2010, but haven't returned since.

Despite a winning percentage of just .279 over six seasons, Heinold brought some stability to the program. Before his tenure, York High had two different head coaches for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Heinold replaced Tim Hibbs late in August 2010 after the school eliminated Hibbs' teaching position. Hibbs replaced Matt Ortega for the 2009 season after Ortega left to take the head coaching job at Coatesville High School. Before taking over as head coach in 2010, Heinold was an assistant with the program for 10 years.

Chiodi declined to answer questions regarding Heinold's tenure. Messages left on Heinold's cell phone were not immediately returned on Wednesday.

This season was a particularly rough year for Heinold and the program. The Bearcats went winless, the only team in the Y-A League to do so. It was the first time the program failed to win a game in a season since 1978.

Late in the season at a school board meeting, parents also expressed concerns with the direction the program under Heinold's leadership.

Chiodi did say that the school is looking to hire a new head coach by the end of the year, but is flexible with the deadline.

"We are flexible to be able to extend the deadline depending on who applies," Chiodi said. "There are a lot of things that come into play here."

New Oxford: The Colonials' football coaching opening comes after just one season under Jason Warner.

School AD Ken Shaffer sent out an email Wednesday that the school was looking for a new head coach.

Warner went 2-8 in his only season as the Colonials' head coach, winning his first game of the year and then only winning once in division play against York High. Despite the two-win season, it was still an improvement over a winless campaign under Jason Thurston in 2014.

Warner replaced Thurston late in the offseason on an interim basis after Thurston resigned on June 11 after only three years with the program.

In the email, Shafer also detailed that the school is searching for a head coach and assistant coach for the boys' volleyball program and an assistant coach for the track and field team. All applications for any of the open positions should be sent in by Nov. 25.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com; follow on Twitter @P_Strohecker