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Kim Ulman out as Ridgefield’s football coach

Interim coach expected to be named next week

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 4, 2018, 12:49pm

The timing isn’t good, but new Ridgefield athletic director Brynan Shipley knows a new direction in football is needed, even if it’s less than a month before the 2018 high school football season opener.

Kim Ulman is out after two seasons as Ridgefield’s head football coach. An interim coach is expected to be named by the end of next week followed by an extensive search for a long-term coach after the season, Shipley said.

“We are excited about the interest that’s been shown so quickly and we’re confident that the program will be in good hands this season,” she said.

This is the first change under Shipley, who was named AD at Ridgefield last month.

Shipley said many factors were taken into consideration to determine the future of Ridgefield football, and ultimately, “we needed to go in a different direction.”

The Columbian’s attempts to reach Ulman for comment were unsuccessful.

Ridgefield was Ulman’s first head-coaching job after 17 years assisting at Mark Morris in Longview. Ten of those seasons were offensive coordinator for head coach Shawn Perkins when the Monarchs reached the postseason six times.

At Ridgefield, the Spudders went 4-5 in Ulman’s first season in 2016, but struggled in 2017, finishing a 1-8 season on an eight-game losing skid. Ulman teaches social studies at Mark Morris and is the Monarchs’ girls golf coach.

Ridgefield hosts La Center to open its season Aug. 31.

Story will be updated.