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WINCHESTER - Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced on Monday that head football coach Paul Barnes has been released from his position.
The announcement came just two days after the Hornets' season ended with a 42-23 loss at Washington and Lee on Saturday. Shenandoah finished the 2012 season with a record of 1-9, including an 0-7 mark in league play in Shenandoah's first season as a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The Hornets' only win came in a 26-16 victory over Stevenson in the season opener.
Barnes served as head coach for 11 seasons and departs the program with a 41-70 record.
"There are times when we have to evaluate each athletic program, where we are and where we are headed," Zipp said in a press release. "In order for our football program to move forward on a more consistent basis, a change is needed in the leadership of our program.
"I want to thank Paul for all he has done for the program and for Shenandoah."
Barnes, a Baltimore native, took over the program after program founder Walter Barr resigned following the 2001 season. Barnes led the Hornets to USA South co-championships in 2003 and 2004.
Shenandoah's most successful season was in 2003, when the Hornets finished with a record of 8-2, including a 5-1 mark in the USA South. Shenandoah appeared in the NCAA playoffs in 2004 with an overall record of 7-4. That team also had a 5-1 record in league play.
The Hornets dropped to a 1-9 record in 2005, and Shenandoah's most successful season since its playoff appearance came in 2011 when the Hornets finished 6-4.
Zipp made the decision to release Barnes in consultation with university president Tracy Fitzsimmons.
"I want to also thank Paul for his years of service to the university," Dr. Fitzsimmons said in a press release. "He has dedicated not only his time and effort, but his heart to our program. Since he joined the university, he has always been willing to lend a hand with whatever project we were undertaking to advance the institution's goals."
Zipp indicated that full-time assistants Brock McCullough, Brian Wolf, Joe Jacoby and Kalvin Oliver would remain on staff until a new head coach is selected. McCullough will serve as interim head coach until that time.
A national search for a head coach will commence immediately.