FARMINGTON — Shiprock's football team will look to head in a different direction in 2014.
Storm Tallbull will not return as head coach of the program after school officials decided not to renew his contract.
"It was their decision to release me," Tallbull said. "They didn't really give a reason. I guess they just didn't feel like I was the right guy. I just want to thank them for giving me the opportunity."
Tallbull, a 2007 Shiprock High School graduate, was head coach for just one season, leading the Chieftains to a 4-6 record in 2013.
Prior to taking over at Shiprock, Tallbull was a defensive assistant at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., for two and a half years.
He said it is too early to know the next step in his coaching career.
"I'll just kind of wait and see, maybe go back to the college level or see if a high school around here wants any help," Tallbull said. "I'll see what opportunities open up."
Shiprock Principal Rick Edwards declined to comment on the reason Tallbull's contract wasn't renewed. He said the team will look to improve in the future.
"As this district changes, we need to move to be more competitive," Edwards said. "We'll be looking for an experienced coach, and for someone who can be on staff in a teaching position."
Shiprock will be part of District 1-4A next season with Bloomfield, Kirtland Central, Thoreau, Wingate and Zuni.
Edwards said the school has received about 30 applications for the head football coach position and would like to have a new coach in place by the end of the month.
Shiprock hasn't made the playoffs in football since 2010 and is still searching for its first postseason win in school history. The Chieftains have an 0-8 playoff record since football started at the school in 1963.