KEARNEY, Neb. — A Central Nebraska volleyball coach is stepping down after three years in his position.

Kearney High announced Thursday that Theison Anderson resigned from coaching duties. He plans to remain in the district as a fourth-grade teacher.

“This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have made the decision to focus more on developing youth volleyball in the area, as this is where my passion lies,” Anderson said in a statement. “I have appreciated the 3 years of coaching at Kearney High and value the experiences I have enjoyed. It has been an honor to work with great assistant coaches and athletes, and I look forward to seeing them continue to develop and grow.”

In a news release, Activities Director Ryan Hogue thanked Anderson for his years of coaching.

“I also have proactive plans for Coach Anderson as his expertise and passion can be well served not only in the club world that he so passionately leads for our program but also a lower grade level coaching position when the time is right, and the opportunity presents itself,” Hogue said. “This is definitely NOT the end of Coach Anderson’s coaching career at KPS.”

Hogue says he will start looking for a new head coach immediately.

The Bearcats finished with an 11-21 record in 2023. They last posted a winning record in 2020.

Prior to KHS, Anderson was the Men’s Head Volleyball Coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and a UNK graduate assistant in college volleyball (2018-2020), and served as a substitute teacher and varsity volleyball coach in Ravenna (2015-2017).