West High softball coach Jeff Kelley has resigned.
“It’s important this summer especially that I’m available to spend time with my kids,” Kelley said. “I discussed the circumstances with Dr. (Jerry) Arganbright and Mr. (Scott) Kibby and they were very supportive. It was an extremely hard decision.
“I feel real fortunate the last five years to have worked with some really great kids and supportive parents and administration. I know the kids have high expectations, and I’m disappointed I won’t be able to be a part of it. I told the kids that sometimes life throws you curveballs and you have to choose between doing what you want to do and what’s the right thing to do.”
West posted the job opening immediately because practice officially begins May 6.
Kelley came to West High in 2008 after 11 successful seasons as coach at Indian Hills community college in Ottumwa. His record there was 643-106, good enough to be inducted into the Indian Hills Hall of Fame last summer.
In his five seasons at West, his teams compiled a 153-58 overall record and a 100-30 record in the Mississippi Valley Conference. The team reached the state tournament for the first time last season and finished fourth in Class 5A.