Lincoln released as YHS football coach

Yosemite High School varsity football coach Kent Lincoln has been released of his football coaching duties. The school made the announcement Monday afternoon.

Lincoln, a 1988 graduate of YHS, has been on the Yosemite football coaching staff for 22 years, the past three as varsity head coach. He was named to the position after 16-year varsity head coach Aaron Eames stepped down after the 2010-11 season.

Lincoln remains on the YHS teaching staff as a auto shop and wood shop teacher, and will continue as the school’s wrestling coach. The Badger team consisted of 18 to 24 players the past three season, with a win/loss record of 1-29 the past three seasons.

In addition to coaching football, he has coached in the YHS wrestling, softball, and track & field programs. In football, Lincoln has served as an assistant coach, and head JV coach.

“Kent Lincoln has been an integral part of the YHS and the Badger football program for many, many years,” said Yosemite High principal Randy Seals. “He is to be commended for his years of dedicated service toward teaching character through football. He has experienced both the highs and lows of coaching high school football, something that can be truly appreciated only by those of us who’ve done it for any length of time. His football coaching career is something for which he should be proud.”

Seals added, however, that the Badger football program is currently at a crossroads and the decision was made to go forward with new leadership for program.

Lincoln said when he took over the program three years ago, he set four goals for his players to strive for - character, commitment, teamwork, and community service.

“I’m proud of the fact all my players embraced those goals, and did all they could to live up to them,” Lincoln said. “I appreciate the dedication and commitment the players and assistant coaches have made over the past three years. I certainly want to wish all the young men who participated in the program the best in the future.”

Lincoln said he knew the program was struggling when he took the job, but wanted to do all he could to help carry the program through a tough time.

The school will immediately begin a wide search for Lincoln’s replacement under the direction of Athletic Director Michele Chenowith. The position will be posted and the hiring process will include separate screening and interview committees who will forward the name of a recommended candidate to Superintendent James Sargent, who will in turn forward a recommendation to the Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees for final approval. The hiring process is expected to be completed by spring.

- Staff report