KING WILLIAM, Va. (WWBT) - Dylan DeHart has been removed as King William’s head football coach, he confirmed to NBC12 on Wednesday morning.
DeHart said via e-mail that the decision was made by the school board not to bring him back as head coach and that the move took him by surprise. He added that he was not given any reason for the decision. DeHart will keep his teaching position at the school.
”He started tearing up we knew something was wrong and he told us I will not be coming back next year and we were all just distraught," explained student-athlete Jake Galgano.
King William Director of Student Activities Dan Jones confirmed that neither DeHart nor the high school administration itself had any hand in the decision to remove him as the head football coach. Jones also said that football operations at the school have been suspended until further notice.
School Board Chair Lindsay Robinson told NBC12 via e-mail that this is a personnel matter and that the school district is unable to comment.
DeHart led the program for seven seasons, amassing a 56-25 record. The Cavaliers made the playoffs in each of his seasons, claiming two region titles. 2019 saw King William finish 9-4 and advance to the Region 2A championship game, where the Cavs fell to Thomas Jefferson.
An online petition to reinstate DeHart as the football coach was created on Tuesday morning and began circulating.
“Playing for him the last five years and starting with him on varsity the last three‚ it was a great experience. He gives you knowledge about the game and about life which is most important," explained former quarterback Lance Alfonso. "He really cares about us and we care about him, hence why we’ve done what we’ve done.”
Alfonso helped start the online petition that has garnered more than a thousand signatures, and hundreds of comments supporting DeHart.
“This goes beyond football, he is a great man. He does a lot in this community, not just for players and students,” said Alfonso. “He bleeds black and gold. He loves King William and he loves us.”
Galgano says while he and his teammates respect adults and the decisions that are made, they believe Dehart deserves to keep his job as a coach.
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