High School Football

Pitman outgoing football coach Tom Tyler: ‘I feel a younger guy should take it’

Pitman Head Coach Tom Tyler walks the field before a game between Pitman and Summerville High School at Turlock High School in Turlock CA on September 14, 2018.
Pitman Head Coach Tom Tyler walks the field before a game between Pitman and Summerville High School at Turlock High School in Turlock CA on September 14, 2018. jwestberg@modbee.com

When Pitman High football coach Tom Tyler was asked by a Bee reporter if he would return after the conclusion of the 2018 season, he said he would be back.

“We re-evaluate every year,” Tyler said. “I was really thinking I was coming back.”

Then, Tyler started to think it over and woke up at 2 a.m. on March 14 with a final decision.

It was time for a fresh face as the 57-year old stepped down on Thursday after six years as head coach of the Pride.

“There were a lot of small things, not just one big thing,” Tyler said on Friday. “I loved every minute of it but I feel a younger guy should take it.”

Some of the factors that contributed to his decision: His youngest son, Scott is graduating from Pitman this year. He wants to spend more time with his family and he also needs knee surgery in the coming weeks.

“Football has always been one of the loves of my life,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine my life without it but I would like to kind of slow it down.”

Tyler wants to travel more with his family and said when he was able to travel in previous summers for a week, “even when you are away, you aren’t away” from football.

Pitman was 43-23 under Tyler and the Pride made the playoffs in five of his six years, including a 10-2 season in 2018 that ended with a loss to Monterey Trail in the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs.

He was the head coach at Turlock from 1996-2005 and took over the Pitman job in 2013.

Tyler will remain at Pitman as a physical education teacher.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if we see Tyler on the field again one day.

“I don’t know if I am completely finished coaching,” Tyler said.

2018-19 Stanislaus District Football Coaching Changes

SchoolOutgoing CoachIncoming Coach
BeyerDoug SevereGreg Bockman
GregoriJason McCoyLamar Wallace
ModestoBrett WagnerDylan Miller
Modesto ChristianMike ParsonsRyan Green
PachecoDavid SnappJeremy Siemiller
PitmanTom TylerNot Announced
Ripon ChristianTrey OzenbaughRandy Fasani
Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.
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