Mark Uhiren has retired as football coach at Carlisle High School.
Uhiren, a 1977 CHS graduate, was 9-12 in two seasons at his alma mater. In 2016, he led the Bison to a 7-5 finish and the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs. In 2017, Carlisle finished 2-7.
The Carlisle School Board accepted Uhiren’s resignation Monday night.
“The timing’s not great, but he is deserving of what he’s getting,” said B.J. Greene, Carlisle’s new athletic director and high school principal. “He’s been at it a while and has put in his time. I respect any man who’s put in the time and the hours he has.”
Greene, who spent five years at Carlisle as assistant football and head baseball coach before stints at Heber Springs and Smackover, will begin his first year out of coaching this fall.
He said Sunday he had interviewed one football candidate Friday and would interview others over the next three days.
“I have interviews with current head coaches, current assistant coaches and even a coach on staff,” he said. “We are still taking applications. I feel like my phone never stops ringing. I hope to have somebody hired before the dead period.”
The Arkansas Activities Association’s mandated dead period will run June 24-July 7.
Uhiren did not return a phone call by press time.
Also Monday, the board accepted the resignations of Lonnie Roberson, softball and assistant football coach, who has taken a job at Bald Knob; and Phil Bernhardt, assistant football and former head baseball coach, who has accepted a position at Dumas.
The board also approved the hiring of Steve Tew as head baseball and assistant football coach. Tew, an assistant baseball coach at Bauxite, was placed on paid administrative leave, along with head coach Michael Mattox, this spring after an alleged hazing incident occurred on a bus following a road game, but Brad Horn, who moves from AD/principal to superintendent July 1, said the coaches were cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation.
Tew replaces Mike King.
More personnel changes may be coming. According to multiple sources, boys basketball coach Brad Slatton is one of the favorites to take the girls job at Valley Springs.