Wallace County's Ayers officially resigns
By CONOR NICHOLL
Wallace County High School head football coach Kevin Ayers confirmed his resignation from the position Tuesday night. Ayers had first told his team following the Wildcats' Eight-Man Division II state championship loss to Baileyville-B&B.
Ayers, who resigned his teaching position last season to farm full time, had considered for some time resigning after the 2013 year for family reasons.
Ayers and his wife, Jill, have two daughters, 11 and 6, who are both involved in many activities.
"I have missed activities that my daughters have been in," Ayers said. "I have known for awhile, even before resigning my teaching job and then going into the farming thing, it's been something that's been in the back of my mind. Football just consumes me."
Jeff Hennick, the quarterback on Ayers' 2007 state championship team, was handpicked as Ayers' successor. Hennick took over Ayers' teaching position this school year and was an assistant this fall. Ayers, a longtime track assistant, will not coach track this spring.
Ayers leaves as one of the state's all-time best coaches by winning percentage with a 152-27 record at Jetmore and Wallace County, including a 3-1 mark in state championship games with titles in '01 and '03 with Jetmore and '07 with the Wildcats.
Ayers coached 16 years overall, eight at Wallace County where he went 73-16. Veteran assistant Dennis Gfeller is expected to remain on staff. A second assistant is expected to be hired, too.
"Some really good things are going to come down the line," Ayers said.
Ayers confirmed senior quarterback/safety Kyle Gfeller, a Hays Daily News Super 11 selection, signed with Bethany College last week, also Ayers' alma mater. Gfeller completed 43 of 87 passes for 660 yards with an 11/2 TD/INT ratio with 151 carries for 883 yards and 20 TDs.
He also picked off seven passes for 145 return yards, had 54 touchbacks on 74 kickoffs, finished 3 of 3 kicking on field goals and 6 of 7 on extra points.
"That has been in his plans for quite awhile, so it was exciting to see him sign with Bethany," Ayers said.