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Dixie State parts ways with head coach Shay McClure

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dixie State Trailblazers have parted ways with head coach Shay McClure. He did not have his contract renewed.

He was 18-15 in three seasons as the team’s head coach. The team also went 18-12 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

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“After a thorough review of all facets of the football program, including academic performance, student-athlete welfare, and on-field results, I have decided that it is in the best interest of the program to not renew coach McClure’s contract,” Athletic Director Dr. Jason Boothe said.

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After going 11-11 in his first two seasons, McClure guided the team to a 7-4 record in 2018. The team went 5-0 at home and ended the season on a two-game win streak.

They went 7-3 in conference play. All four of their losses have come on the road.

The team began the season with a loss to then-No. 14 Colorado State-Pueblo Thunderwolves, 56-14, on September 1st.

The Trailblazers then won four straight games. They defeated the Fort Lewis Skyhawks, the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys, the South Dakota Mines & Technology Hardrockers, and the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets.

Dixie State saw their win streak come to an end against then-No. 2 Grand Valley State Lakers. They won 35-14 at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale, Michigan.

The Trailblazers improved to 5-2 with a win over the Western Colorado Mountaineers. They won 17-10 at Trailblazer Stadium in St. George, Utah.

The team then fell to 5-4 with a two-game losing streak. They were defeated by the Chadron State Eagles and the Colorado Mesa Mavericks.

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Dixie State ended the season on a two-game win streak. They defeated then-No. 6 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, 52-45, on November 3rd. The team then defeated the Adams State Grizzlies, 52-10, on November 10th.

The seven wins were the most in program history at the NCAA level.

“I am very proud of how the team performed on the field this year; however, I am responsible for ensuring that all facets of all programs are meeting the expectations set forth since the conclusion of last season,” Dr. Boothe added. “This was a difficult decision, and I thank Coach McClure for his service to Dixie State University. I will quickly begin the search for our next head coach to ensure continuity and continued momentum for the team.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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