Elk Grove Unified School District athletic director Jim Smrekar earlier tonight confirmed Gomes' firing, but added, "the (Cosumnes Oaks High School) administration has determined the program needs to go in a different direction and in order to accomplish that the program needs new leadership."
Smrekar denied reports earlier today that school district officials were responsible for Gomes'
|Ryan Gomes talks to his team following a playoff loss three years ago at Whitney.|
Moments after the announcement hit social media Gomes tweeted, "Want to be explicit
clear: I love CO football (kids, coaches families). All of it. We built something great, a program to be proud of."
He has not responded to texts from me, however, Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee tweeted Gomes was "devastated" and "shocked" that he was fired. Plus, there was no reason given for the action, according to Gomes.
The Wolfpack is coming off one of its most successful seasons where it was 7-4, but lost to Whitney in the opening round of the playoffs. In his five varsity seasons, Gomes coached Cosumnes Oaks to a 33-22 record.
He was known for placing his players in the eyes of college coaches with effectiveness. Prior to last year he told me that there were more than 30 of his former Wolfpack players who suited up at the collegiate level.
Prior to coming to the school when it opened six years ago, Gomes was an assistant coach at Laguna Creek High School. He brought former Cardinal co-head coach Lew Lassiter with him to Cosumnes Oaks.
There is, of course, no immediate word on who may replace Gomes, however, one intriguing name that might be available would be former Pleasant Grove head coach Joe Cattolico. He resigned his post with the Eagles earlier this year after nine seasons at the helm. Cattolico has not yet announced his future coaching plans.