Coach Shelley Fired

By , on November 16, 2015

Fired after Mounts  posted a 2-38 record in last four seasons


Scott Shelley has been told he will not return as head football coach at Ephrata, The Ephrata Review has learned.

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Shelley said he reused to quit: “To do that would have me quitting on the players, and I would never do that. They are what are the most important.”

Shelley told players and parents at the team’s end of the season banquet Friday night that he was given the option to resign or be let go.

He confirmed by text Monday morning that he will not resign. “To do that would have me quitting on the players, and I would never do that. They are what are the most important,” Shelley said.

Shelley coached the Mounts for four seasons and went 2-38 during that span. Ephrata currently has lost 31-straight games.

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Shelley, who was an assistant before being named head coach in 2012, is a 1971 Ephrata HS graduate  where he played football and ran track.

Shelley succeeded Jim Vieland as coach in 2012.

Ephrata Area School District released a statement this morning.


“The district administration has released Mr. Scott Shelley from his role as Ephrata High School Head Football Coach. Mr. Shelley addressed football players and their families and shared this information at the annual football banquet held on Friday.”

The administration “is interested in moving in a different (direction) with its football program and thanks Mr. Shelley for his dedication to student athletes at Ephrata High School.”

The job vacancy will be posted for interested applicants in the near future, the district said.

Shelley , who was an assistant under Vieland, is a 1971 graduate of Ephrata where he played football and ran track. He played quarterback  and was a member of the 1970 state champion Ephrata mile relay squad.  Shelley, along with the other three members of the relay, were inducted into the EHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

He began his coaching career at the midget level in the 1970s, and was head coach of the Ephrata A team for seven years. When Merv Witmer became head coach at Ephrata in the fall of 1982, Shelley made the transition to the varsity level as secondary coach and special teams coordinator where he remained until 1990.


Shelly started coaching at the midget level in the 1970s, and was head coach of the Ephrata A team for seven years

In 1987, the team finished with a share of the Section Two title and made its first and only District playoff appearance.

In 1991, he joined Phil Kauffman’s staff at Cocalico High School as defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator where he remained for 12 seasons, winning several section championships, one district title and a few appearances at states.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Ephrata Review.


One Comment

  1. Robert Landis

    November 16, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I talked with an assistant high school soccer coach this week end and he coached high school soccer (girls) while he also coached club teams and refereed club games.
    He was given the opportunity to be head coach at a local school and he decided not to . He was offered a high school jv coaching job and again he decided not to take the job. A year later, he was offered a middle school girls soccer coaching job and he said yes. The reason he gave was this. In middle school the athletes are more likely to listen and be coachable , as opposed to high school age (his experience).
    It is important for any coach to know what is his best area to work with and what age he can teach and motivate . This soccer coach, now is rewarded by seeing the success of the girls he coached in middle school , as they advanced to the state title game a year or two ago. His middle school girls have only lost 3 games in the 3 years he has coached there.
    The point of this rambling is this. He found where he is most able to motivate AND teach and it was not at the high school level. Scott Shelley gave so much time and energy at the high school level and maybe it was past the time that they were listening to him. We should thank him for giving it a shot and now realize the kids have to want to learn and also the athletes must want to come out and play to have a successful program.
    A nation wide search for a coach may be in order and maybe that will encourage more athletes to come out and will bring new enthusiasm to the program. Thanks for your time and effort Scott !

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