Tisdel takes leave of absence from Sierra

Health issue forces veteran coach to leave the sideline
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Sierra College head football coach, Jeff Tisdel, announced Wednesday he was taking a medical leave of absence and immediately stepping down from his coaching duties. Tisdel will continue to teach physical education classes at Sierra. Tisdel, whose 79-32 record at Sierra ranks as one of the nation’s best winning percentages, has lost 32 pounds in the past three months. “I have a health concern I have to take care of immediately,” he said. “Football is my passion, but I’ve got to get better.” With an overall coaching record of 176-76, Tisdel has been a local coaching fixture for three decades. Prior to Sierra, he led programs at Christian Brothers High School, Sacramento City College, and the University of Nevada. Wolverine defensive coordinator Ed Eaton will be the interim head coach, just as he was in 2006 when Tisdel took a sabbatical. Sierra Associate Dean of Athletics Tom Gang, who was head coach at Mendocino College last year, will serve as an offensive advisor. “Tis needs to take care of himself and we’ll support whatever he has to do,” Gang said. “I asked Ed what I could do to help and he said I could help with the offense.” The Wolverines (0-3) look for their first win this Saturday as they host rival American River College (3-0) in a 1 p.m. game at Homer “Buzz” Ostrom Stadium in Rocklin. ~?Staff report