On Wednesday, Fort Hays State announced that head football coach Kevin Verdugo would not return for the 2011 season.

On Wednesday, Fort Hays State announced that head football coach Kevin Verdugo would not return for the 2011 season.

Verdugo — a Pittsburg native and former head coach at Fort Scott Community College — is in his sixth year at the helm of the Tigers and compiled an 18-46 overall record during his tenure. Last season was

Verdugo’s best at Fort Hays as the Tigers finished with a 6-5 record and were sixth in the MIAA.

"I want to thank everybody in the community that supported us over the years," Verdugo said in a statement. "I want to thank a lot of people at the university for their support and everything they’ve done for our program. I wish the players and everyone here well."

Prior to taking the coaching job at Fort Hays, Verdugo was an assistant coach at Akron (Ohio) University and was the head coach for the Greyhounds from 2001-03. He was also an assistant at Southern Illinois, Northern Michigan, Southeast Missouri State and Northern Colorado.
Fort Hays State athletic director Curtis Hammeke said that the university will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.

"We are very grateful that our football team is in a better position today than it was prior to Kevin’s arrival," said Hammeke. "We want to thank him and his staff for all their work and efforts for putting us in a better position to continue to grow in this very challenging conference."