Tillman steps down as Bozeman football coach, athletic director

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Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 18:08 PM.

SAND HILLS — Deane Bozeman School and Loren Tillman both are about to embark on a new future.

The only head football coach at the school since it opened in northern Bay County, Tillman announced Tuesday afternoon that he will not return next year as football coach and athletic director.

“I feel like for Bozeman, this gives them the best opportunity to go out and find somebody and it gives me an opportunity to go out there and find somebody,” Tillman said.

Tillman, 43, said that this season’s 2-8 record did not impact his decision.

“This isn’t something brought on in the last month or two,” Tillman said. “When we lost the players that we lost, then you lose your offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and special teams guy … I didn’t think (leaving earlier) was the right time with as many changes as we went through.”

Tillman has spent 14 years at Bozeman, guiding the football program since its inception for three years at the middle school level, two years as a junior varsity and the past nine as a Class 1A varsity team. Bozeman was 33-56 in varsity football under Tillman with two playoff appearances, the last in 2012 when the Bucks produced their best record of 8-3.

Prior to being hired at Bozeman, Tillman spent five years at Rosenwald. The Rutherford graduate currently is in his 19th year as an employee of Bay District Schools.

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