The Bill Tenore football era is over at Badin High School, much to the surprise of the coach himself.
The school announced Monday that Tenore was dismissed after eight seasons that produced five postseason berths and a 51-38 record.
“It’s still a little too shocking to process,” he said Monday afternoon. “I met with the administration last Tuesday and was informed that my services were no longer needed as football coach. I disagreed with it, I still wanted to be the coach, but that’s not going to happen.
“I walk away knowing that I tried my best to lead the program. I think our Catholic identity was pretty good. I got to coach and work with some great people here. That’s not going to change. I enjoyed the heck out of coaching the kids here at Badin.”
Tenore is a 1988 Badin graduate and the second-winningest coach in Badin/Hamilton Catholic history behind Terry Malone, who went 360-117-8 in 46 seasons (1958-2003).
The Rams finished 2-8 in 2016, the program’s only losing record under Tenore.
“The administration thought it was time for a change,” Badin athletic director Geoff Melzer said. “It has nothing to do with the record. It’s just something we felt was in the best interest of Badin and Badin football.
“Bill is a Badin grad, a dedicated Badin guy, so these decisions are never easy. But it was not an off-the-cuff decision. At the end of the day, we felt as an administration that this decision needed to be made and we’ll go from there.”
Melzer said the school will accept applications for the job until Dec. 13.
“I don’t want to be bombarded with youth football resumes,” he said. “Previous high school coaching experience is a requirement, although it doesn’t have to be head coaching experience.”
Tenore has a career head coaching record of 79-72. He was 22-20 in four years at Fenwick (2002-05) and 6-14 in two seasons at Augusta (Ga.) Aquinas (2007-08) before returning to Badin.
“I was in it 110 percent,” said Tenore, who also coached five seasons under Malone. “Moving my family from Georgia, this is the only place I wanted to coach.”
The team had its banquet the day before his dismissal, and Tenore said it was a positive event. He met with the team Monday morning and will continue to teach health and physical education at Badin.
Tenore described his coaching future as uncertain.
“I love the sport of football. It’s been a big part of my life,” he said. “I just have a lot of mixed emotions right now. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be a coach at Badin, even if it wasn’t for as long as I wanted. I really would’ve liked coaching these classes coming up.
“I really believe we played good football here the last eight years. With the quality of young men coming back, there’s no reason that shouldn’t continue. Whoever comes in as the coach, the cupboard isn’t bare.”
The Tenore Years At Badin
2009: 7-4 record, tied for first place in Greater Catholic League Central Division with McNicholas, lost to Coldwater (41-0) in Division V playoffs
2010: 6-6 record, third place in the Greater Catholic League Central Division, defeated Richwood North Union (23-0) and lost to Coldwater (13-7) in the Division V playoffs
2011: 6-4 record, first place in the Greater Catholic League Central Division
2012: 5-5 record, second place in the Greater Catholic League Central Division
2013: 10-3 record, second place in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division, defeated Mariemont (37-13) and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (31-17) and lost to West Jefferson (17-6) in the Division V playoffs
2014: 8-4 record, second place in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division, defeated Shroder (23-13) and lost to West Jefferson (21-20) in the Division V playoffs
2015: 7-4 record, tied for first place in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division, lost to Fenwick (14-7) in the Division IV playoffs
2016: 2-8 record, tied for second place in the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division