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Rich Tarka out as Hinsdale Central football coach

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 9:40 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:51 p.m. CST
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Rich Tarka directs a preseason football practice at Hinsdale Central. Tarka's job as Central head coach is currently an open position in Hinsdale District 86.

HINSDALE – Rich Tarka was relieved of his duties as head football coach at Hinsdale Central on Monday.

Central athletic director Dan Jones said the job of head football coach was officially posted online Monday and that interest in the position was already high.

“I’ve had a few emails and phone calls inquiring about the coaching job and teaching positions,” Jones said.

Jones could not comment on the specifics of the situation, saying only that the coaching position is open.

Tarka did not respond to requests for comment.

On the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 website, the Hinsdale Central head football coaching job was one of seven athletic positions currently open in the district. According to the website, the job posting closes Monday, April 7.

“We’ll have it posted for a [couple] weeks,” Jones said. “We have a committee in place to help screen the applicants, and then we’ll bring the candidates in to interview starting the week of April 14. By that time we’ll know more about which teaching positions will be open.

“We’ll be looking for the best candidate to fill the position, whether it’s an internal or external hire.”

In three seasons guiding the Red Devils, Tarka posted an 18-12 record and made the playoffs each season. Central battled a slew of injuries last season and finished 5-5.

“Coach Tarka worked very hard and put in a lot of hours for our program,” Jones said. “I think our kids reacted well to him and he was successful on the field.”

Tarka also was a presence at the school outside of his duties as a teacher and coach.

“He put in a lot of time at school for other sports like basketball, wrestling and baseball,” Jones said. “He liked to watch his athletes compete in other sports.”

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