Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bison football coach retires; search underway for replacement

Bison football coach Mark Uhiren, right, talks with quarterback Braiden Jenkins during a game in 2017. Uhiren retired as a coach and teacher with the Carlisle School District last week. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

CARLISLE — The Carlisle Bison football team is searching for a new head coach.
According to Carlisle High School principal and athletic director B.J. Greene, Bison coach Mark Uhiren has retired from coaching and teaching at the Carlisle School District. 
The head coaching position was posted on the Arkansas Activities Association bulletin board June 6. 
“The interview process started on Friday [June 8],” Greene said Sunday night. “I interviewed our first coach. We’re going to go through interviews for about a week, just because I want to get it done as soon as possible. That way, we can get our kids introduced to the new head coach.”
The Bison have lost two assistant coaches since the end of the 2017 season. Mike King resigned earlier this year then Phil Bernhardt resigned recently. 
Uhiren, a 1977 graduate of Carlisle High School, went 7-5 in 2016, his first year at the helm. Injuries beset the Bison in 2017 and they went 2-7. Uhiren previously was head coach at Lonoke and Marion. 
Carlisle is now looking for its fourth head coach since Scott Waymire left for Trumann following the 2012 season. Waymire is now the athletic director for the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District. 

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