OutsidetheHuddle.net confirmed on Thursday that Rick Burnau is no longer the head coach of the Huntington North football program.

“He is no longer the head football coach but will remain on staff as a physical education teacher,” said Huntington North athletic director Kristine Teusch in an e-mail.

Burnau coached the Vikings for three seasons, going 9-32 overall. Huntington North finished 4-6 this year, which included a 21-14 victory over New Haven in the final week of the regular season. The Vikings were eliminated from the playoffs in the opening round of sectional play by Lafayette Harrison.

The four wins this year was a marked improvement from last year’s 0-10 campaign.

Despite being the biggest school by enrollment in the NE8, Huntington North has found it difficult to consistently contend on the football field with the likes of East Noble, New Haven and Leo.

The 2018 season was the ninth-consecutive year in which Huntington North finished without a winning record. The last time the Vikings finished above-.500 was in 2009 when Rief Gilg coached the team to a 6-4 record while competing in the North Central Conference.

 

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