Kevin Kopecky has resigned his position as Leavenworth High School head football coach to take over at Eudora

It wasn't an easy decision at all.

In fact, Kevin Kopecky said it was one of the hardest he has ever made.

On Tuesday, Kopecky informed the Leavenworth High School administration, his players and coaching staff that he was resigning his post as head football coach to accept the same position at Eudora High School.

"The distance from my home to here just became too much," the former Pioneer head football coach said. "Leavenworth is amazing. The people, the kids, the school, the community. I'm going to really, really miss everyone."

Kopecky lives just outside of DeSoto, minutes away from Eudora High.

He came to Leavenworth three years ago and helped the Pioneers make the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years in just his second year on the job.

This past season, Leavenworth finished 4-5, its best record in more than 10 years.

"He was a great influence on this program," LV athletic director Shawn Terry said. "He changed the face of Leavenworth football. We wish him all the best.

"Eudora is getting a great coach."

Terry described the upcoming coaching search as "open to everybody," and he hopes to have it near conclusion by mid-March.

Eudora went 12-2 last season in Class 4A and made back-to-back trips to the state championship game under old coach Jeff Floyd, who accepted the job at Truman High School early in February.

"I just want to thank everyone that was so kind and helpful to me and my family during my time here," Kopecky said. "This is a great place and someone is going to be very lucky to coach here."