Skyline coach Pete Jonovich was informed that his coaching contract will not be renewed for next season.
Jonovich was told of the move on Friday, and though he understood the wins and losses were a significant factor in the school's decision, he was confused by the relatively late timing behind the school's decision. He'll continue to teach at the school the rest of this year, and perhaps beyond.
"It's the way and life of a football coach these days," he said. "They thought it had to go in a different direction."
Asked if he had any idea this was coming, he said: "Absolutely not."
Shortly after learning of his fate as football coach, he'd already fielded a couple calls from other schools gauging his interest in being an assistant, but noted most head coach vacancies from the past six weeks have already been filled.
"You wish you would have known to have a chance at some of those," he said.
Jonovich has coached for 21 years between San Carlos, Globe and 11 seasons at Skyline. Skyline's last winning season was an 8-4 campaign in 2008 (the school's only season with a playoff victory). It was a second consecutive winning season while the school was in the Pima Region of 5A Division II.
Skyline moved to 5A-I in 2009 and the new Division I in 2011, but the Coyotes were a combined 6-26 the past three seasons. Jonovich arrived at the school in 2001 from Globe and was 36-79 overall in his 11 seasons at the school.
"I feel like I was given a fair shake for the time I was here," he said. "We only had 1,400 kids the first two years I was there in the (formerly) East Valley Region. We were pretty successful early on, made some good strides, and have some good kids coming back next year. I feel like in reality I had a good shake. Everyone would like to win more but you take what you're given. We weren't going to try and pull kids away from other schools. That's just not me."
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.