JASPER, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Troy Boeck's fate was sealed early this week, but the Marion County head coach was apparently the last one to know.
After the Warriors slipped to a 1-9 record this season and missed the playoffs for the first time in his tenure, Boeck was dismissed Wednesday by athletic director Larry Ziegler.
"We finished the season with two seniors on the roster and were starting eight freshman by the end of the year. We lost our starting quarterback in Week 6, then our backup quarterback after that," Boeck said. "It gets real tough to compete when that stuff happens."
Boeck was promoted from an assistant's role in 2008 and spent four years as the Warriors' head coach. His first two teams were quite competitive, advancing to the state semifinals and quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
But last year Marion County slipped to 5-6 overall with a first-round playoff loss, and plummeted to the program's worst record in 2011 to miss the playoffs for just the second time in the last 28 years.
"I hope the program can get back to what it needs to be, and I think it's heading there," Boeck said. "We were able to do some really good things in rebuilding the junior high level, and the little league programs are back.
"That's where your talent comes from, and I think we rebuilt that foundation to get Marion County back on track."
Boeck spoke to several of his players Thursday to discuss the move. The former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football player and two-time All-American has coached in the county for more than a decade, spending eight seasons at rival South Pittsburg before being hired as an assistant at the Jasper school in 2007.
"I wish those boys nothing but the best. They worked hard, but just had to go through some going pains," he said. "Still, I think they will have a positive ending there eventually.
"I just wish I was going to be around to see it."