Craig Yeast, who led Bryan Station's football team to a 7-5 record in his first season as coach last fall, has left the Defenders for a coaching position on the college level.
Yeast is already on the job as wide receivers coach at Tiffin University, a Division II school in northern Ohio.
Yeast said he was at a coaches' clinic last month when he met Tiffin Coach Gary Goff, who played for Hal Mumme at Valdosta State in the mid-1990s. Mumme went on to coach at Kentucky, where Yeast was a star receiver in Mumme's "Air Raid" offense quarterbacked by Tim Couch.
Goff was looking for a new receivers coach, and Yeast's familiarity with Tiffin's "Air Raid" style offense made Yeast an obvious choice.
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"It all happened very quickly," Yeast said. "It was kind of difficult for me to turn it down.
"The hardest thing was to go in and tell the (Bryan Station) players I was leaving. I was their third coach in three years, and that's been very difficult on them. But I think most of them understood the circumstances of me leaving."
Oliver Lucas was at Bryan Station four years and got the program back on the winning track before leaving for Manual after the 2009 season. Kenny Turner coached the Defenders for one season and had a 1-10 record.
Yeast succeeded Turner, and guided Bryan Station to a winning record.
"Even though I was only there one year, I believe the program is 10 times better off than the way I found it," Yeast said.
Yeast, 35, said he wanted to be a college coach at some point, but "I thought I might have three, four, maybe five years at Bryan Station before it happened. This opportunity kind of fell in my lap."