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Football Coach Tom Dilley Resigns

October 23, 2012
By grant nesbit of Lawrence North High School

Media Release

October 23, 2013

Tom Dilley has resigned his position as the head football coach at Lawrence North High School. Over his ten year tenure at Lawrence North, Dilley was 45-61, including an 0-10 season this year.

Dilley came on board in 2003, and immediately made an impact, winning the season opener against Lawrence Central, breaking a fourteen-game losing streak against the sister school. His squads also marked the school’s first-ever wins over perennial MIC powers Warren Central, Carmel, and Ben Davis. In 2009, the Wildcats won at Louisville Trinity, a national powerhouse.  His 2003 and 2005 squads were arguably his best, as they defeated would be state champion Warren Central in the last regular season games, only to lose to them in the Sectionals both times. To his credit, Dilley sent fifty Lawrence North students on to play at the collegiate level.

In his resignation, Dilley stated, “While countless players and coaches have worked extremely hard to rebuild the football program at Lawrence North, in recent seasons our performance, under my leadership, has fallen to unacceptable levels. I accept complete responsibility for this performance and resign in the hope that another leader can inspire renewed enthusiasm in the program.”

As a head coach, he is 80-77 in his fourteen years as a head coach. His Bishop Chatard teams won back-to-back state titles in 2001 and 2002.

“We certainly appreciate Coach Dilley’s commitment and efforts for the students at Lawrence North. ….Our intention is to begin our recruitment process for a new coach immediately and have someone in place before winter break so that we can begin anew in the spring semester” said Athletic Director Grant Nesbit.

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