The Tucson Sugar Skulls parted ways with head coach and general manager Dixie Wooten on Monday.
“After a detailed evaluation, we decided it was in the best interest of our organization to move in another direction. We truly appreciate all of Dixie’s hard work these past two seasons both on and off the field in the Tucson community. We wish him and his family the best going forward,” said Tucson Sugar Skulls’ CEO Cathy Guy in a statement released on the team’s Twitter account. “We are committed to bringing a championship to Tucson and will take the necessary steps to do so. There will be a comprehensive search to find our next Head Coach as we look to achieve these organizational goals.”
The Sugar Skulls lost to the Northern Arizona Wranglers in the 2022 IFL Western Conference Playoffs opening round, finishing with a 9-8 record, a franchise record in wins.
Wooten went 15-16 in two seasons with the Sugar Skulls. Tucson hired Wooten before the 2020 season was canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Before joining the Sugar Skulls, Wooten went 36-8 in the regular season in three seasons as head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers, leading the Barnstormers to the 2018 United Bowl championship.
Wooten was named IFL Coach of the Year in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. Murphy is a journalist product manager with the Green Valley News & the Sahuarita Sun. He is currently attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.