It is now official; the Bozeman Bucks are in the market for a new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director.
As we told you Monday, Loren Tillman's decided to leave those posts.
He told his players Monday, Tuesday he's speaking publicly about his decision.
"I will be stepping down as the head coach and athletic director at Deane Bozeman School. I'm still on contract with Bay District Schools until the end of June, but we wanted to go ahead and make this announcement now because we feel like it is the best time of year when it comes to the players. You know when I first came here I thought I'd retire here. But the longer you get into this, and you look at why are other coaches changing and moving. You don't want to get burned out. I love this game, I truly do. But at the same time I don't ever want it to turn into work. And I think that a new scene for me is going to be positive for me, but I also think it's going to be positive for this community and this school," said Tillman.
Tillman's been at Bozeman 14 years, the last 9 coaching the football program on the varsity level, with two playoff appearances. His overall record 33-51.
He made it clear, he is not through coaching high school football!
"I hope to be somewhere on the sideline this spring. I'm out looking but at the same time, if I'm out looking I don't think it would be fair with the kids that I see every day in the weight room,” said Tillman.
"He's laid the foundation; he's built the program from scratch. That's something that very few coaches get to do. He's done and he's done it with integrity, he's done it with class. And he's gonna be surely missed at Bozeman. But I'm very supportive of this decision," said Bozeman Principal Josh Balkom.