“Due to the requirements set out in Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, Nick Rolovich is no longer able to serve as head football coach at Washington State University,” he said. the department said in a press release.
Defensive coordinator Jake Dickert will become the interim head coach, he said.
The four assistant coaches are Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber, the statement said.
“It’s a discouraging day for our football program,” athletics director Pat Chun said in a statement. “Our priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the young men on our team. The leadership of our football team is filled with young men of character, selflessness and resilience and we are confident that these same attributes will help guide this program as we move forward. “
This is the latest Covid-19 vaccine issue to rock the sports world. Earlier Monday, the National Hockey League announced that the San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane had been suspended after an investigation into whether he had submitted a fraudulent Covid-19 vaccination card, according to Front Office Sports and ESPN.
“Although I made my own decision,” Rolovich said, “I respect the fact that each individual – including our coaches, staff and student-athletes – can make their own decision regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. “
Rolovich was named the 33rd head football coach in WSU program history on January 14, 2020. The squad went from 1 to 3 last season, which was cut short due to the pandemic. The Cougars are 4-3 this season.
On Saturday, after a 34-31 home win over Stanford, Rolovich was asked at a post-game press conference if he knew if he would coach the team the following week.
“I don’t,” Rolovich told reporters.
When asked if he had received any advice between that date and Monday regarding an exemption request, Rolovich said he was waiting for an email.
“I’m going to come to work tomorrow and get ready for BYU, and we’ll be reviewing this movie,” Rolovich said on Saturday, of the Oct. 23 game against Brigham Young University. “I don’t think it’s in my hands. I have been there for a long time. I think it will work in the right direction. “
When asked if the ‘right path’ meant remaining the head coach of the team, Rolovich replied, “That’s okay. Or if that’s not what (Chun) wants, then I guess I have to move on. “
When asked if Rolovich would take the vaccine to save his job, he replied, “If this happens, you’ll be the first to know.
CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.