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It all happened one day before the season officially began.

Smoky Hill fired its head football coach, Justin Hoffman, on Sunday. The Buffaloes were scheduled to begin their fall season on Monday.

Sherry Sellers is a Smoky Hill parent and told 9NEWS that seniors were in tears at the news of Hoffman's departure. He had taken over the program just a year ago and had big visions for rebuilding the football culture at Smoky.

Administration felt the need to make a move after Hoffman informed the school he had applied for the athletic director position at Vista Peak High School in Aurora. The fear was if they didn't do it now, they might be without a head coach in the middle of the season.

Athletic director Preston Davis takes over the program on an interim basis. He was forced to get on the phone and slap together a coaching staff in a matter of hours. Sellers said the Smoky Hill community is grateful for Davis and the new assistants willingness to come together for a team that was in need. Davis is also the head lacrosse coach at Smoky Hill High school.

It's still a tough sell to a group of students who "adored" Hoffman. He is still teaching physical education at the high school, but is done with the football team. 9NEWS has attempted to contact Hoffman but he has not returned our phone calls.

The Buffaloes open the season on August 23rd against Overland.

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