Tisdel Stepping Down From Sierra Grid Post

Longtime Wolverines Head Man Retiring After 34-Year Coaching Career
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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 Jeff Tisdel, the energetic and firey football coach who revitalized a stale Sierra College program by bringing it to state and national prominence during his tenure, announced Monday he is stepping down from the post he has held since 2000.


“It’s time,” said Tisdel who approached Sierra College interim athletic director Peg Speck-Grady three weeks ago to tell her of his decision. “It’s been a great run but it’s time.”


Tisdel, who will coach in his final game Saturday when Sierra plays at San Mateo in the Bulldog Bowl, noted that family health issues need his full-time attention.


“This isn’t about me taking a few years off an coming back,” said Tisdel. “I’ll still teach at Sierra but it’s time to have more time for my family.”


Tisdel has coached football a total of 34 years including 28 as a head coach. His head coaching stints included stops at  Christian Brothers, Sacramento City, University of Nevada and finally the last 11 and a half seasons at Sierra.


His record at Sierra was 84-37 which included six conference championship teams and eight bowl appearances. While at Sierra, he took a program that was mired at the state junior college “C” division level and turned the Wolverines into a perennial Valley Conference power.


“I had a vision for the program when I got here in 2000 and I think we’ve accomplished it. “Getting the new stadium built was great for the school.”


During his tenure at Sierra, his Wolverines posted a 37-game winning streak from 2002 to 2005. A total of 90 of his players went on to receive either Div. I or Div. II scholarships.  His all-time junior college win total of 123 wins is tops in the Sacramento region. Tisdel’s all-time win-loss coaching record is 181-80 which included 12 conference titles.


Sierra posted a 5-5 record this season and finished in second place in the Valley Conference after falling to American River last weekend.


Speck-Grady noted that she would be meeting with the school's president and executive committee this week to form the guidelines to begin a coaching search.


"We plan to go in 100 percent in our search for a coach to keep the program where Jeff has it," said Speck-Grady.