Lemoore football coach, after 35-13 run over four years, resigns

Shannon Pullliam resigns as Lemoore High football coach.
Shannon Pullliam resigns as Lemoore High football coach.

According to a story in the Fresno Fee, one of Lemoore’s most successful coaches is calling it quits after school officials placed him on administrative leave following a “hazing” incident prior to the team’s Division II title game against Ridgeview High School last season.

Lemoore High School’s Shannon Pulliam, who won three West Yosemite League championships in four years with the Tigers, has resigned and according to The Bee, will seek a football job, as an assistant or head coach, in the Fresno and Clovis area. Pulliam, his wife and three children currently reside in the Clovis area.

His decision to resign comes about two months following an incident in which he was investigated by school officials for allegedly promoting a post-practice fight among teammates.  Pulliam told The Bee that he denies being involved in hazing, but said he does “regret making a comment to the team following a practice that preceded the fight soon after, outside of the locker room and out of his view.”

He did not coach the championship game at Ridgeview, but was at the game.

Pulliam did in fact succeed as the Tigers’ head coach, amassing a 35-13 record in four years as the team’s head coach. During that reign, his teams won three WYL championships, including wins over Hanford High School in the finales.

The Tigers were also the only team to beat Hanford the past two years as the Bullpups went on to win Division III championships in 2014 and 2015. Lemoore beat Hanford this year 42-7 in Neighbor Bowl, but the Bullpups went on to capture the state football championship.

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