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After one season as the head boys’ basketball coach at Taylor County High School, Jeff Kidder has reigned his position.
Kidder and Taylor County superintendent Roger Cook confirmed on Thursday morning what had been rumored for about 10 days.
Athletics director Jeff Gumm, speaking for he and principal Charles Higdon Jr., said on Thursday afternoon that the school would accept applications until Friday, Aug. 15 for the position of head boys’ basketball coach.
“With a heavy heart I have resigned my position with Taylor County High School as the boys’ head coach,” Kidder remarked on Friday. “I would like to thank Mr. Cook for giving me this opportunity. He’s the best administrator I’ve ever worked for in my career.
“Also, I would like to thank Mr. Higdon and Jeff Gumm, great leaders and friends.
“Most importantly, I would like to thank my team. They are wonderful young men and I wish them nothing but the best.”
Kidder, a Meade County native, came to TCHS from Texas Tech where he was an assistant after a quite successful two-decade run on the junior college coaching scene.
The new hire will inherit two returning All-Fifth Region performers in 6-5 senior Caleb Wigginton and 6-2 sophomore Quentin Goodin.
The new Cardinals’ head coach will be the 10th person to guide the program at the school which began playing basketball during the 1941-42 season.
Taylor County, coming off three consecutive 16-win seasons, begins the campaign on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at home vs. Washington County.