By Anthony Caruso III | Publishers
The Aurora Spartans fired head football coach Rick Ponx. The school also fired three of his four full-time assistant coaches.
He had just completed his fifth season at the school. He went 20-30 at the institution, including winning the 2016 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championship.
He also went 17-14 in conference play during his tenure. The 5-2 conference mark during the 2018 season was his second-best, as he guided his team to a 5-1 conference mark in 2016.
The team finished with a 5-5 record this season. They went 5-2 in conference play. They also ended the season on a four-game win streak.
This was the second straight season that Ponx had a 5-5 record with the team. In 2017, the team also went 4-2 within conference play.
His best season at the school came in 2016, as the team went 6-4. They also were tied for first with the 5-1 conference record.
“Rick and several staff members were relieved of their duties Monday,” AU sports information director Brian Kipley said.
Ponx was even refused an opportunity to meet with his team on Monday at 4 pm local time. However, administrators reportedly meet with the team to tell them that Ponx had been fired.
In addition to Ponx, Eric Stuedemann, the team’s offensive coordinator was fired. Tim Yourison, the team’s defensive coordinator, and defensive line coach Jason Jefferson were also fired.
Stuedemann had been with Ponx since he was hired five-years ago. Yourison and Jefferson joined the team before the 2015 season.
Only offensive line coach Tyler Wellman was retained. He joined the program in January.
Prior to becoming the Aurora Spartans head coach, he was the Assistant Head Coach at North Central College. In his nine seasons there, he helped guide the team to the NCAA Division III playoffs seven times, including having an 84-20 record during his tenure. The team went 31-6 with him being the defensive coordinator.
He began his coaching career at Ohio Northern, where he worked from 1988 through 2003.