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St. Vincent seeks new football coach

| Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 11:03 a.m.

St. Vincent football coach Bob Colbert saw it coming, so Tuesday's announcement by the college's athletic department didn't surprise him.

After his team lost 21 games in a row and went winless in 2012 and '13, Colbert knew his days were numbered.

St. Vincent announced it is looking for a football coach after the college decided to go in a different direction.

Colbert was 10-61.

“It wasn't unexpected, especially what happened the last two years,” Colbert said. “I just didn't get it done. It's not a fun way to leave. As coach you think you can change things.

“We've done some good things and achieved some of the goals as far as enrollment. We have guys from all over on the roster, and that was one of the objectives.”

But the team struggled the past two seasons after a strong 2011.

Colbert was hired in 2006 to restart the program, which was suspended in 1962.

“We are grateful to Bob for his work to re-establish football as an NCAA varsity sport at St. Vincent,” said Brother Norman Hipps, St. Vincent president.

Colbert was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading the Bearcats to a 6-5 overall mark and their first postseason appearance since 1949.

St. Vincent finished the regular season with a 6-4 mark and 5-3 in the PAC to finish tied for second in the league. But Colbert didn't capitalize on that success.

“Two years ago I was coach of the year, and we were a couple plays away from being conference champions,” Colbert said. “The players aren't to be blamed. It's all on me. I just didn't recruit well enough. We couldn't catch up to the other teams in the conference.”

Colbert, who has been coaching 44 years, said he played a lot of young players this season and the future looks good.

“Bob is a fine man who has run our program with integrity,” Hipps said. “We hope to find someone to carry on our program who will set the same standard of honorable coaching practices Bob has always demonstrated.”

St. Vincent athletic director Fr. Myron Kirsch said the search process has begun and will proceed in a timely manner, with a hire expected in early January.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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