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12/14/2012 4:41:00 PM
District won't renew Talley's contract
Vince Lovato

In a surprising move Friday, Lake Chelan School District Supt. Rob Manahan informed Head Football Coach Darren Talley that his contract will not be renewed for next season.

"I met with him yesterday (Friday) and he decided not to renew my contract for next season. It wasn't my decision," Talley said.

Talley said Manahan wanted to, "move in a different direction."

"It was a surprise," Talley said. "I'm still in shock."
Talley met with his players as soon as possible.

"I asked to meet with kids as quickly as we could so they wouldn't hear it from anyone but me," Talley said. "Rob went to the meeting and did most of the talking and I told the kids I would miss them and remember all the great experiences we got to share forever. There were many hugs."

Manahan sent an email to the media Saturday morning.

"The Lake Chelan School District would like to inform you that a decision has been made between Darren Talley and the school district to part ways in regard to his role as Head Coach of the Chelan High School Football team," the email read, in part. "While both parties highly respect one another and have similar goals for students with regard to their success in football and in life, it became evident that there were philosophical and programmatic differences that could not be reconciled."

Talley served as the head football coach for the past 7 years and won the Bronze Shoe game against rival Cashmere in 2010 and took his team to the playoffs in 2010 and 2011.

According to the Maxpreps website, Talley amassed a 45-31-0 record.

"We have appreciated his dedication and effort over the years and wish him well in all future endeavors," Manahan's email read. "Plans are in place to host a meeting for all players interested in continuing with their current off-season strength and conditioning program."

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