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Mon. December 21, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

After a 1-9 season (the victory came later after a forfeit), Central announced Monday it would not retain Cliff Lohrey as its head coach.

Lohrey coached the Bears for four seasons leading them to a playoff berth in 2006. After two winning campaigns, the program began to tumble the past two losing seasons.

Central athletic director Jeff Spivey made the announcement via press release.

"It is unpleasant for me to have to make this announcement," Spivey wrote. "Coach Lohrey has done an outstanding job through incredible adversity. While the last two seasons have been disappointing, Coach Lohrey has perservered and set an example for his athletes of work ethic, loyalty and sportsmanship. He is a fixture here away from football, and his presence, should he choose to leave Central, will be sorely missed."

Spivey said new principal Joe Clifford will help him conduct a search for a new head coach after the holiday break.

Lohrey was promoted in 2006 to head coach after three seasons as a Central assistant. Lohrey recently applied for the Zephyrhills head coaching position, but was not selected as one of the 15 finalists.

Lohrey did not immediately return a call to the Times seeking comment.

Lohrey's season-by-season record

2009; 1-9

2008: 4-6

2007: 6-4

2006: 8-3

igould@tampabay.com

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