Before meeting with parents at Granite Bay High School tonight, athletic director Tim Healy still was trying to coax Ernie Cooper back to the head coaching position he abruptly resigned from on June 5.
But Healy said Cooper said no - again.
So Healy and principal Michael McGuire told parents - some of whom voiced frustration with the administrators - that they plan to move ahead by naming an interim coach for this season, then opening a nationwide search for a new coach in January.
They said all the current football staff will be retained, and they will announce the interim coach next week.
Cooper, who for now will remain as the program's strength and conditioning coach, wanted to bring another coach from off-campus to be his on-campus co-head coach to take some of the workload off his shoulders.
But there wasn't a teaching position open at Granite Bay that would fit the person's qualifications.
Healy said that he tried to talk Cooper into returning as head coach several times, including last night.
McGuire left the door open should Cooper want to return after the season.
"I welcome that conversation," McGuire said.
The Granite Bay football coaches and Cooper were not at the meeting. They were conducting scheduled strength and conditioning workouts nearby.