In an unexpected move, Parkrose School District officials recently fired Tim Price, high school varsity football coach.

Price was 18-26 in his five years with the Broncos, going 4-6 this year.

Tim Price, Parkrose high school head football coach, was fired in November. Over his five seasons, he had an 18-26 record.

Tim Price, left, Parkrose high school head football coach, was fired in November. Over his five seasons, he had an 18-26 record.

“Tim did things for Parkrose football that hadn’t been done in years,” said Parkrose Athletic Director Dave Richardson. “He took the team to three straight playoffs; we had our first league win in over 20 years, and he really moved the program forward from the point that he got it five years ago.”

Then why was Price let go? “Tim took the program as far forward as he could,” Richardson said. “And at this point, it’s time for a change to find another coach with some fresh energy to take it from here and continue moving it forward.”

Richardson said he wants to have the new head coach in place by mid-January.

Echoing Richardson’s comments, Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray said in an email, “It is just time for a change and a hope to bring the kids to the next level of play with some new blood.” She added, “Tim Price was fantastic and we love him for all he has done for the kids, for the sport, for the community and for Parkrose.”

In 2010, at Parkrose's first playoff game in more than 20 years, Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray shows her school spirit as the Broncos score a touchdown.

In 2010, at Parkrose’s first playoff game in more than 20 years, Superintendent Karen Fischer Gray shows her school spirit as the Broncos score a touchdown.

Price, who remains employed at the high school as a security officer, said he has no hard feelings, and wishes the program success. “We lost some games we should have won and won some games we didn’t think we’d win,” he said.

In 2005, after more than a decade of spectacular failure — no conference wins since 1992 and one year winless — Parkrose left the vaunted 6A Mt. Hood Conference and was playing an independent schedule in 2008 when Price took over. Reflecting its diminishing enrollment, Parkrose re-joined conference play in the smaller, 5A Northwest Oregon Conference in 2010.

Having enough players to compete was always a challenge according to Price. “If we don’t get enough kids coming out, we can’t be competitive,” he said in a 2008 interview when he took the job.

Parkrose did not field a freshman team this year because of the low turnout.

“I told the AD two years ago, that this is going to be the year numbers were going to be low,” Price said. “There wasn’t too many kids participating in football their freshmen year. We had to add sophomores to the freshman team back then. I knew this year was going to be a struggle with numbers.”

Price said the highlight for him during his tenure was instilling confidence in players that they could compete with anybody. “Nobody gave these kids a chance. Getting these kids to believe they could win after so much failure was important. They bought into what we were trying to teach them,” he added.

“Hopefully I did something that will bring some spirit back to the school,” Price said. “Maybe just keep riding that and keep going.”