Madison Central football coach Mark Scenters was informed by school officials on Tuesday afternoon that his contract will not be renewed.
In seven seasons at Central, Scenters had a 35-43 record and led the Indians to the program's first-ever region title (2018).
Central had four-straight winning seasons under Scenters (2015-2018), but had struggled the past two years. The Indians were 1-10 in 2019 and 1-8 in 2020.
Since winning the region title two seasons ago, Central has lost 19 of past 21 games.
The Indians opened the 2020 season with a 21-0 win over Lafayette on Sept. 18 at home. They went on to lose eight-straight games, including a heartbreaking 14-13 loss to Bryan Station last Friday in the opening round of the Class 6A Playoffs in Lexington.
The Indians got a touchdown catch from Jayden West with less than two minutes left in regulation in pull within a point, but couldn't cover the extra-point attempt.
The decision by the school's administration to move on from Scenters drew an emotional reaction from former Central players on social media Tuesday afternoon.
"(I) will forever be grateful for the character and skills coach Scenters and his staff drove into all of us players," Jesse Cox said. "It’s bigger than football. (He) shaped me into the man I am today, no doubt."
"One of the best men around," Landon White said. "Thank you for believing in me before I believed in myself! Take care, coach."
"This man was the best football coach I have ever had," Cody Dillon said.
Scenters, a Madison Southern graduate, served as an assistant coach at Central from 2000 to 2007 under Paul Raines and Kenny Turner. He was named the head coach at Garrard County in 2008.
Scenters had a 40-33 record in six seasons at the school and led the Golden Lions to the Class 3A state semifinals in 2011. Garrard County advanced past the first round of the postseason five times during Scenters' tenure.
Scenters did not have that kind of postseason success at Central.
The Indians were 3-7 in the playoffs, with all those victories coming in 2018 during a run to the state semifinals.