The Beatrice football program will begin the process of looking for a new head coach after the resignation of Kevin Meyer on Tuesday.
Meyer announced to the administration and team on Tuesday that he's taking a similar position at Hillcrest High School in Idaho Falls. He will be the head football coach, the head track and field coach and the strength coordinator.
Meyer said it was a difficult decision to make, but something he and his wife thought was best for his career.
"The location was the big selling point," Meyer said. "It's a really good location. I enjoy the outdoors and the mountains. It's in a central location with a lot of places you can go. It's pretty much the same job I have here, but the head track position is something that was also intriguing for me. I've done that before and I think it's a really good correlation with football."
Meyer joined the Beatrice staff in 2015 as the defensive coordinator and then took over over the head coaching position in 2016 after the resignation of Bob Sexton.
During his two years as head coach, Beatrice earned records of 8-3 and 8-2. In 2016, Beatrice made it to the quarterfinals of the Class B State Playoffs. This past season, they made it back to the playoffs, but fell in the first round.
Meyer said he feels like he left the Beatrice football program in good shape and hopes for their future success.
"I thought our staff did a good job of keeping the tradition going of playing physical and playing hard," Meyer said. "I want to thank all the players, the coaches, the parents, the community and the administration for all their support. That great support we got was what made this decision so hard."
Meyer said he notified the team of his decision on Tuesday.
"It wasn't easy," Meyer said. "It was just a hard decision to make. Like I said, the support here has been fantastic. But we felt at this point in my career, an opportunity to move to a location like this might not come around again."
Beatrice Athletic Director Neal Randel said Meyer did a great job of keeping the Beatrice football tradition going.
"Coach Bob Sexton had been there a long time developing a strong tradition and Kevin kept that going," Randel said. "He built a great relationship with the kids and he was very positive and energetic and we will miss him."
Randel said they will begin the process of finding a new head coach immediately.
"Obviously, we need to develop a plan and process about how we will go about it again," Randel said.
Meyer said his fondest memories of his time at Beatrice will be the toughness of the kids.
"You saw it at the basketball game last night how hard these kids battled," Meyer said. "This year, our football team battled through a lot of adversity with injuries and so forth and it's just so great to see the kids have success. And because of that, I think this program is in good shape for the next head coach."