Tully Resigns As Whitworth Football Head Coach - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Tully Resigns As Whitworth Football Head Coach

Posted: Updated:

by WhitworthPirates.com

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University has accepted the resignation of head football coach John Tully, effective immediately.

 "Coach Tully has dedicated many years of service to the football program," said Melinda Larson, Whitworth's Interim Director of Athletics. "We respect and appreciate his accomplishments as our head football coach and wish him well in all of his future endeavors."

Tully completed his 19th season leading the Pirates with Saturday's win at Lewis & Clark College. He had a record of 100-83 during his tenure as head coach at Whitworth. The winningest and longest-serving football coach in Whitworth history, Tully was 131-103 in 24 seasons as a head football coach, which includes five years at Eureka College (Ill.). He guided the Pirates to three Northwest Conference titles (2001, 2006, 2007) and was named NWC Coach of the Year each of those seasons. Whitworth completed the 2006 regular season with a 10-0 record and finished 11-1 after a loss in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. 

"It has been an honor being the head football coach of Whitworth University for the past 19 years," Tully said.  "I am proud of the accomplishments of our coaching staff during my tenure here and truly appreciate the relationships I built with the players and coaches over the years.  I look forward to the professional opportunities this change will bring."

Prior to Tully's arrival in 1995, the Pirate program had suffered through 10 losing seasons in the previous 11 years. Tully spent the first three seasons rebuilding as the team finished 1-8 the first two years and 2-7 in 1997. But consecutive 5-5 seasons followed and 2000's 6-3 record was the school's first winning mark since 1990. The 61 wins from 2000-2008 are the most in any nine-year stretch in Whitworth history. 

"I appreciate John's dedicated years of service to Whitworth," said Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor. "John distinguished himself among his peers and had an impact on many generations of Whitworth's student-athletes."

Whitworth finished the 2013 season 4-6 overall, 2-4 (fifth place) in the NWC.

"The new head coach will have the freedom to hire his own coaching staff, which may or may not include members of the current staff," Larson said.

The search for Whitworth's next head football coach will begin immediately.

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Rosen, Cougars Too Much for Gonzaga

    Rosen, Cougars Too Much for Gonzaga

    The Washington State University baseball team defeated Gonzaga 5-1 in a local non-conference matchup at the Patterson Baseball Complex on Tuesday, April 15.>>
    The Washington State University baseball team defeated Gonzaga 5-1 in a local non-conference matchup at the Patterson Baseball Complex on Tuesday, April 15.>>
  • Former Zag Star, Indiana Fever's Haiden Palmer in Studio

    Former Zag Star, Indiana Fever's Haiden Palmer in Studio

    Former Gonzaga star guard and 29th overall pick in the 2014 Women's National Basketball League draft, Haiden Palmer, joined SWX's Michelle Dapper in studio on Tuesday, April 15. >>
    Former Gonzaga star guard and 29th overall pick in the 2014 Women's National Basketball League draft, Haiden Palmer, joined SWX's Michelle Dapper in studio on Tuesday, April 15. >>
  • WSU Basketball Roster Changes

    WSU Basketball Roster Changes

    James Hunter and Royce Woolridge have chosen to transfer and have been granted their releases from the Washington State University men’s basketball program; while signee Jermaine Morgan has been released from his National Letter of Intent (NLI) and will not enroll at WSU this fall, head coach Ernie Kent announced Tuesday.>>
    James Hunter and Royce Woolridge have chosen to transfer and have been granted their releases from the Washington State University men’s basketball program; while signee Jermaine Morgan has been released from his National Letter of Intent (NLI) and will not enroll at WSU this fall, head coach Ernie Kent announced Tuesday.>>
  • WhitworthWhitworth UniversityMore>>

  • Ansett Shuts Down Pacific for Pirates 8-0 Win

    Ansett Shuts Down Pacific for Pirates 8-0 Win

    Sunday, April 13 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-04-13 22:50:31 GMT
    Spencer Ansett threw a five-hit shutout and Matt Nelson drilled a grand slam to lead Whitworth to an 8-0 win over visiting Pacific in the rubber match of the Northwest Conference series on Sunday afternoon.>>
    Spencer Ansett threw a five-hit shutout and Matt Nelson drilled a grand slam to lead Whitworth to an 8-0 win over visiting Pacific in the rubber match of the Northwest Conference series on Sunday afternoon.>>
  • Pirates Split Saturday Doubleheader with Pacific

    Pirates Split Saturday Doubleheader with Pacific

    Starting pitcher Cory Mack dominated Pacific into the eighth inning to lead Whitworth to a 6-1 win in the opener of a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Merkel Field, but Donnie Bradley hit two home runs to spark the visitors to a 6-2 win in the night cap.>>
    Starting pitcher Cory Mack dominated Pacific into the eighth inning to lead Whitworth to a 6-1 win in the opener of a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Merkel Field, but Donnie Bradley hit two home runs to spark the visitors to a 6-2 win in the night cap.>>
  • Pacific Edges Past Pirate Softball

    Pacific Edges Past Pirate Softball

    The Whitworth University softball team held an advantage in the hits column, but Pacific (Ore.) University plated more runs to defeat the Pirates 4-3 in the conclusion of a Northwest Conference game at Sherman Larkins Stadium on Friday afternoon.Whitworth falls to 22-14 overall, with a 14-10 record in the NWC. Pacific (Ore.) improves to 21-9 on the season, 16-8 in the NWC. The Boxers tightened their hold on second in the NWC stand...>>
    The Whitworth University softball team held an advantage in the hits column, but Pacific (Ore.) University plated more runs to defeat the Pirates 4-3 in the conclusion of a Northwest Conference game at Sherman Larkins Stadium on Friday afternoon.Whitworth falls to 22-14 overall, with a 14-10 record in the NWC. Pacific (Ore.) improves to 21-9 on the season, 16-8 in the NWC. The Boxers tightened their hold on second in the NWC stand...>>