The Golden Knights became the fifth York-Adams League school in search of a new head football coach after informing Dave Kemmick that his contract would not be renewed for next season.
Add Eastern York to the steadily growing list of high schools in the York-Adams League in search of a head varsity football coach.
Dave Kemmick confirmed on Monday night that he won't have his contract renewed by the school, after serving as the Golden Knights' head coach for two seasons. He went 11-10 in those two years, making the District 3-AAA playoffs in 2014 when the Knights finished 7-4. Eastern was 4-6 this past year.
Like most schools in the area, Kemmick's contract as the football coach is on a year-to-year basis. Kemmick met with the school's athletic director, Donald Knaub, about two weeks ago. During that meeting, Kemmick said that his vision of the program's future didn't see eye-to-eye with Knaub's. Kemmick said he was then asked to resign. When Kemmick said that he wouldn't resign, he was informed that the school would let his contract run out and it would not be renewed for next season.
"I did nothing wrong," Kemmick said. "I improved the program. I thought we were looking to have a great year next year. I did everything I said I was going to do. I worked with every level of the program to improve it and they didn't give me a valid reason on why they don't want me to return, so I'm not going to resign."
Phone calls and emails made to Knaub by The York Dispatch on Monday weren't returned.
When Kemmick was hired, he outlined his vision for the Eastern football program, one that included a program that played "tough, physical football" and teaching "the kids stuff like respect and integrity," Kemmick said.
Kemmick isn't sure whether or not he'll get coach next year or take a year off, but did say he knows some coaches around the area, not necessarily in York County, that would take him on as an assistant.
The Golden Knights will join York High, Kennard-Dale, New Oxford and York Tech as Y-A League schools searching for new head coaches.
With Brad Livingston's future at Central York still up in the air, that number could eventually grow to six or more as time passes.
The current coaching turnover comes just one offseason after there were eight coaching changes before the 2015 season.
In an email sent by Knaub on Monday announcing the "anticipated" coaching vacancy, Knaub said all interested applicants can contact him at (717) 252-1551. Those interested must apply online at www.applitrack.com/eyork.onlineapp.
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