Rhodes resigns as Gering head football coach
     2015-01-15      By Philip Eckerberg   
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Gering High School’s head football coach Jimmie Rhodes speaks with the players during a time out last season. Rhodes, who served as assistant coach under Tom O’Boyle, took the helm for four years before resigning the position on Friday.  
GERING – After another dismal season on the gridiron, Gering High School Activities Director Glen Koski announced via email on Friday that he had accepted Jimmie Rhodes’ resignation as head coach for the Gering High School football team.

Rhodes took the reins from Tom O’Boyle in 2011 after serving as O'Boyle's assistant coach for seven years. Rhodes' resignation comes just a few months after the Gering football team lost all nine of its regular season games in 2014. The team didn't do much better in 2013, going just 2-7.

In his first year as head coach in 2011, Rhodes and his staff led the Bulldogs to the state Class B playoffs, only to be ousted in the first round by Adams Central, 49-13.

The drop off began in 2012. Despite injuries, the team narrowly missed a playoff berth, posting a respectable 5-4 record for the season. Gering even capped off the regular season with a 14-7 nail-biter over district foe Alliance Bulldogs.

Rhodes, whose overall record was 12-25, declined to comment. Koski didn't say why Rhodes stepped down. Instead he wrote, “We will start the process of finding a new coach immediately. We will advertise both internally and externally. We will probably make some contacts ourselves. It could be someone just graduating from college or making contact with other coaches to see if there are any candidates for our program. We will try to find a quality coach to come in and take over our program.”

Koski did not provide a deadline for filling the vacancy, but said he hoped it would be soon.

During his tenure, Rhodes coached several players who have since advanced on to compete at the collegiate level.

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