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Thomas S. Wootton High School football coach Tyree Spinner and his assistants were dismissed Wednesday, Spinner said.

Spinner said he learned of his dismissal in a meeting Wednesday afternoon with Athletic Director Christopher Thompson and Principal Michael Doran.

Spinner, hired in January 2012, compiled a 9-11 record in his two seasons leading the Patriots.

“My tenure as [coach] was a very successful one,” Spinner wrote in a text to The Gazette. “Not only did we continually progress on the field via overall record, breaking records, breaking losing traditions and mindsets … we built a family, a brotherhood that they will use throughout the rest of their life.”

Thompson confirmed the coaches were no longer on staff and declined further comment, writing in an email to The Gazette that this was a “personnel matter and beyond anything I would be at liberty to discuss.”

Spinner led Wootton's junior varsity team before taking over as varsity coach prior to the 2012 season. He replaced Eddie Tolliver, who went 6-14 in his two years coaching Wootton.

The Patriots were 5-5 last fall, including a forfeit (ineligible player) that negated a 41-0 victory against Walter Johnson.

Spinner said intends to continue coaching.

“I love this game and I love building boys into young men through this great sport,” Spinner wrote.

Wootton's last season winning was 2008, when the team went 7-4 under Greg Malling.

egoldwein@gazette.net