TWIN FALLS — Longtime Twin Falls High School football coach Allyn Reynolds has decided to forgo his retirement and return to the school as varsity head coach.
The hire was approved at the Twin Falls School District’s regular board meeting on Monday. Reynolds will also return to his positions as health and sports medicine teacher and athletic trainer.
Reynolds, who in January announced his retirement, said the district contacted him after having trouble filling the sports medicine teaching position, which requires a certified physical trainer. Twin Falls athletic director Ted Reynolds also reached out to him around the same time and asked him if he’d still be interested in coaching.
“I’m a teacher at heart,” Allyn said, “and I said, ‘You know what? I don’t have anything pressing to do in retirement.’”
But he was surprised to hear from the district about returning to the positions so soon after announcing his retirement.
“When they say something like that, you don’t know if you’re hearing them right,” Allyn said. “I said, ‘How long do I have (to decide)?’ They said a couple of days. So I thought about it and said I’d reconsider.”
Ted Reynolds said that he’s happy to keep Allyn on staff because of his experience and credentials as well as his passion for the students.
“When we lost Allyn, we were going to lose a football coach, sports medicine teacher, health teacher and athletic trainer,” Ted said. “To find one person that was going to do all of that would be near impossible.”
Allyn added that this decision is not about him, but the football program. When he heard Twin Falls still hadn’t identified a new head coach, he felt he could step in and continue to give his support.
“I feel kind of foolish because there were people who thought there was something I was leaving for, and it felt like it was time to let someone else take over,” he said. “Now I’m back in the same position. It’s like we called an audible at the line of scrimmage.”
He’s more than willing to stick it out with the school, where he’s “enjoyed the years” he’s spent teaching and coach, until they have a good plan in place going forward.
“I’d really like to find someone who can come in and take this over,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s next year or three to four years down road, but I don’t want to leave the cupboard empty.”
Plus, the return gives him a chance to think more about what he wants to do down the road.
“To be honest, I was kind of lost thinking about what I was going to do in my retirement,” he said.
Reynolds has been the head coach of the Bruins football team since 2007, after servicing as an assistant coach for the previous 22 years. Prior to that, he served one year as an athletic trainer at Princeton University. He received his undergraduate degree from UNLV, where he played as a quarterback, and his master’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Arizona.