Kyle Porter has resigned as Hays High girls basketball coach to accept a coaching and teaching position at another school, Porter said Thursday.
Porter told Hays High administrators and the Indians’ girls basketball team on Thursday that he was leaving.
In a phone interview with The Hays Daily News, Porter said he could not publicly reveal his new destination until May 15, pending approval from the school board.
Porter said he was offered the new position and accepted Thursday morning.
"Any time you leave a place, you leave behind people — people that you’ve worked with, people that you’ve coached, and that’s a hard thing to do," Porter said. "But for us and our family, we felt like it was the right move to make.
"My wife has employment opportunities and so do I in a location that we both see us being in. The pieces just kind of all fit together for us."
Porter was hired as Hays High coach following two years as head coach at Royal Valley High School, where he led the Panthers to a Class 3A state title, as well as a runner-up finish.
Hays High went 6-15 last year in Porter’s lone season at HHS.
"We weren’t expecting to leave Hays after a year; that wasn’t our plan," Porter said. "But when an opportunity presents itself, you have to weigh the pros and cons, and this was the right move for us and our family."
The next Hays High girls coach will be the Indians’ fourth in four years. Alex Hutchins replaced Kirk Maska as head coach following the 2017-18 season. Hutchins then took over the Hays High boys program after one season as girls coach before Porter was hired.
A new search for the next coach will begin immediately, Hays High athletic director Lance Krannawitter said.
"I think the future is bright for Hays High girls basketball," Porter said. "There are some young kids coming up that are going to do some very special things. I look forward to seeing the success of Hays High girls basketball here in the next five years.
"It’s really tough to leave another group, and I know that they’ve dealt with a lot of that. But any time you leave a place there’s going to be special people, and it’s hard for me to do that, but I’m encouraged that Hays High will find the right person to take over and help them achieve some great things."