Dunbar fires Thomas as football coach

mfields@herald-leader.comDecember 12, 2012 

Derrick Thomas

  • Dunbar football coaches

    Mike Meighan (1990-2000)

    Mark Peach (2001-02)

    Fred Barnott (2003-04)

    David Hensley (2005-07)

    Jason Howell (2008-09)

    Bob Lawson (2010)

    Derrick Thomas (2011-12)

The revolving door for football coaches at Paul Laurence Dunbar is spinning again.

Derrick Thomas, the Bulldogs' coach the past two seasons, was fired on Tuesday. He posted a two-year record of 4-18.

Dunbar now goes looking for its seventh new football coach in the last decade.

"I'm surprised and disappointed by the move. I thought we had things going in the right direction," Thomas said, noting that the Bulldogs ended a five-year, 20-game losing streak in the city by beating Henry Clay for the first time in 11 years.

"I thought our third year would be our break-out year because we'd have a lot of seniors and juniors coming back. I thought we were going to do some good stuff. But I guess (Dunbar's administration) didn't see it that way."

Dunbar, a state power in the '90s under Mike Meighan, has gone 12-64 over the last seven seasons.

Dunbar principal Betsy Rains said supplemental positions (such as those held by coaches) "are contracted year to year and we made the decision to go in a different direction for next season."

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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