Kremlin-Hillsdale is going through a bit of a coaching shakeup.

Ryan Pierce, who went 2-8 in his only season as the Broncs football coach, was one of two teachers on the faculty to lose his position because of a reduction in force.

School superintendent Steve Hoffsommer and principal Kurt Neal will share the football duties.

Kelly McCoy, Hoffsommer’s son-in-law and brother of Lady Broncs basketball coach Kasey McCoy, will be the grade school, junior high and high school boys basketball coach.

Kelly McCoy was hired as a junior high science teacher and coach. He has been the girls basketball coach at Ringwood for six years.

Pierce would have been re-hired if the school system had been able to find an available teaching position, Hoffsommer said.

“We needed a science teacher, and Kelly fit the bill,” Hoffsommer said.

Hoffsommer coached the boys basketball team to a 12-12 record last season while tending to his superintendent duties.

“It (Hoffsommer coaching) really wasn’t fair to our high school kids,” Hoffsommer said. “There were a lot of times that I got caught in the office and was late to practice. If I didn’t have some good assistants, it would have really been a bad deal.”

Kremlin-Hillsdale’s weakness in the past, Hoffsommer said, has been developing players at the grade school and junior high levels.

“Kelly understands programs are built from the bottom up,” Hoffsommer said. “He has the enthusiasm and desire to build that program up.”

Hoffsommer and McCoy coached together at Ringwood for four years before Hoffsommer returned to Kremlin-Hillsdale as an administrator and coach.

“What I liked about Kelly those four years we were together was that he worked those girls hard,” Hoffsommer said. “Coach (Brent) Rousey taught him that good work ethic when he played for him at Medford. He will instill that in our athletes. I’ve found the kids who work the hardest have the most success.”

Neal has been supervising the off-season weight program. He was an assistant football coach while principal at Pond Creek-Hunter.

Hoffsommer said the school system still hasn’t decided how the change of command will be handled in football.

“Kurt says I’m the head coach, and I say Kurt is the head coach,” said Hoffsommer with a laugh.

Hoffsommer took Kremlin-Hillsdale to a football district championship in 1980. He coached the football team to a 2-7 record in 2005 before taking the superintendent’s job.

Jim Harris, who was a volunteer coach for Hoffsommer that season, will help again.

“We’ll have a lot of years of experience,” Hoffsommer said. “It should be a fun year.”

The Broncs were hard-hit by injuries a year ago. Kremlin-Hillsdale had only three seniors on the roster The Broncs beat South Coffeyville, a playoff team, in the eighth week of the season, 28-22.

“They played some good football throughout the year,” Hoffsommer said. “We had some young kids playing ahead of where they should have been.”

Medford superintendent Ray Johnson said he hopes to hire a replacement for Kelly McCoy as soon as possible.

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