District won't renew contract for Black Hills High football coach

Yarrington remains on leave, teaching job status unknown

Staff writersJanuary 16, 2014 

Black Hills new head coach Dominic Yarrington directs the Wolves during football practice at Tumwater District Stadium on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. He has been placed on paid leave pending a district investigation into a personnel issue, and will not return to his coaching position.


Tumwater School District officials said they will not renew Black Hills High School head football coach Dominic Yarrington’s contract after just one season on the job.

In addition, he continues to be on paid leave and is under investigation for reasons the district has not released details on.

“His coaching contract was a one year contract,” spokeswoman Kim Howard said. “He was informed yesterday that this contract is not being renewed. There has not been a decision made about his teaching position.”

Yarrington, who teaches English and social studies at Black Hills, has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 9. The complaint that’s being investigating did not rise to the level of police involvement, Howard said.

Yarrington, a coach with a well-known track record for turning high school football programs around quickly, was hired at Black Hills in April, replacing longtime head coach Jack Zilla. Yarrington previously had head-coaching stints at four high schools: White River, Lindbergh, Tyee, and most recently, West Seattle, in 2011 and 2012.

This past fall in Yarrington’s only season coaching the Wolves, Black Hills went 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the 2A Evergreen Conference.

Black Hills athletic director Don Farler said the school hopes to have a new football coach in place “as soon as possible”, and will take every step to ensure the right candidate is hired. He noted some expressed interest from outside parties.

“I don’t think it will be long for word to get out (about the opening),” Farler said.

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