Entertainment Sports Washington State Football Coach Nick Rolovich Ousted After Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine Nick Rolovich was ousted alongside four other assistant coaches after failing to comply with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's mandate requiring state employees to be vaccinated by Monday By Gabrielle Chung Published on October 19, 2021 12:42 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jonathan Devich/Getty Nick Rolovich will no longer be Washington State University's football coach after failing to comply with Gov. Jay Inslee's mandate requiring state employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday. Four other assistant coaches — Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber — have also been found "not in compliance" with the mandate, and the school has "initiated the separation process based on the terms of their respective contracts, effective immediately," according to a WSU press release provided to PEOPLE. Defensive coordinator Jake Dickert will serve as acting head coach. "This is a disheartening day for our football program," Pat Chun, the athletics director at WSU, 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 on our football team is filled with young men of character, selflessness and resiliency and we are confident these same attributes will help guide this program as we move forward," added Chun. Steven Markham/getty University of Virginia Disenrolls Hundreds for Violating COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Rolovich, 42, first disclosed his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine in July, revealing in tweet that he will not be attending a Pac-12 media day due to his decision. Earlier this month, his mentor and former University of Hawaii football coach June Jones told USA Today that the Rolovich had "filed a religious exemption" from the vaccine requirement. When asked about Jones' comments during a news conference on Oct. 9, Rolovich said, "I'll confirm that," according to the outlet. "Not terribly happy with the way it happened. I just hope there's no player that I coach has to wake up and feel the way I felt today," Rolovich said at the time, adding that he didn't believe it was "malicious, but that wasn't a great thing to wake up to, to be honest with you." Joe Biden Announces Federal Workers Must Be Vaccinated or Undergo Weekly COVID Tests: 'You Don't Have to Die' Monday was the deadline for state employees such as Rolovich to either get vaccinated or obtain an exemption in order to keep their jobs. In a statement, WSU president Kirk Schulz said, "While much has been made of the relatively small number of university employees who are not complying with the Governor's mandate, we are immensely gratified that nearly 90 percent of WSU employees and 97 percent of our students are now vaccinated." "Experience is showing that vaccine mandates help motivate people to complete the vaccination process," WSU board of regents chair member Marty Dickinson added. "WSU leadership takes Governor Inslee's mandate policy seriously and we are committed to complying." As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from the CDC, WHO and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.