Mountain View has fired football coach Tom Joseph.
The Toros lost in the first round of the 5A Division I playoffs on Friday to Desert Vista, 31-28 in double overtime, and Joseph was terminated the following day. Mountain View finished the season 5-6, the first losing season in school history.
Joseph was 92-27 in his nine-year tenure at Mountain View after coming to the school from Marcos de Niza. He won a state title in 2002 and advanced to the title game three times. The Toros made the postseason every year under Joseph and won six region titles.
"Making this coaching change has been an extremely difficult decision," Mountain View athletic director Shawn Rustad said in a statement. "We appreciate and respect the contributions Coach Joseph has made to our Football Program. This was not a decision based on this season’s record. It was based on the evaluation of the overall program. We respect him as an educator, the personal qualities he possesses, and the successes he has had at Mountain View High School."
Joseph told Les Willsey of aia365.com that he did not resign.
"The administration made the decision," Joseph said. "Football is my life. It's what I intend to continue doing."
On multiple occasions this season, Joseph has said he'd like to coach another 5-7 years.
"I think Tom’s done a great job and been an excellent person," Mesa district athletic director Steve Hogen said Monday night. "I’d love to have him coach somewhere in Mesa. He’s got a lot of good years coaching in him."
Phone calls to Joseph, athletic director Shawn Rustad and principal Craig Luketich were not immediately returned.