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Rulo's tenure at Helias helm ends with his 'release'

Tim Rulo will not return next season as Helias football coach. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- For Tim Rulo, Black Friday came a week early.

After three mostly unsuccessful seasons as the Helias head football coach, Rulo was let go by the school Friday morning, an announcement that was first made public by Rulo on his Twitter account.

"Today I share with great sadness that I have not been rehired as the head football coach of the Helias Catholic Crusaders," Rulo said in a statement. "While we part on amicable terms, I have been informed that the administration would like to take the program in another direction. I would like to express my sincere thanks to those who have supported and cared for myself and my family during our three years here."

While Rulo's statement was fairly lengthy, the release from Helias President Father Stephen Jones was a succinct, 67-word statement.

After saying Rulo was released from his responsibilities as head football coach, Jones said: "We are thankful for all Coach Rulo has done for Helias."

The search for his replacement begins Monday.

Rulo came to Helias with a good pedigree after lifting South Callaway to regular player on the Class 2 state stage in seven years with the Bulldogs. He posted a record of 66-19 and four district championships, and led South Callaway to the state title game in his final season, 2014.

But he failed to reach that level of success with the Crusaders, as he finished with a record 17-18 --- just one fewer loss in four fewer seasons than he'd had with the Bulldogs.

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