Yucaipa plans to open football job next week

The Yucaipa football job, vacated with the removal of John Hallenbeck, will be advertised next week according to athletic director Mark Anderson. The job will be open to all applicants, with applicants within the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint School District receiving first consideration.

“We’ll be opening it up pretty soon and see what kind of interest is out there,” Anderson said.

The athletic director also shed a bit of light on the timetable in the removal of Hallenbeck, who was an assistant at Yucaipa before taking on the head coaching job two years ago and who remains a teacher at Yucaipa High. The decision to part ways was made late last week after a postseason review process.

“The athletic department ran its end-of-the-season review and the decision was made not to renew (Hallenbeck) as football coach,” Anderson said. “John is a good person and it was a tough decision to make, but we decided that we needed to part ways.”

Hallenbeck out at Yucaipa

Yucaipa football coach John Hallenbeck is out at coach of Yucaipa after two seasons, according to Hallenbeck. The coach did not go into details when I got a hold of him a couple of minutes ago, as he confirmed his departure and denied comment after that.

“There’s too much going on right now and I can’t say anything at this moment,” Hallenbeck said. “Maybe it’s something I’ll be willing to discuss later, but not now.”

Hallenbeck was 11-10 in two seasons with the Thunderbirds after taking over for Scott Pearne, advancing to the playoffs in 2008 and going 5-5 this past season. Yucaipa had a chance to make a fourth straight playoff appearance this fall, but fell to Carter 28-7 in the season finale.