For as long as he can remember, Kyle Morse has dreamed of being the head coach of a high school team.

His dream came true last week when it was announced that he will replace Jason Stacy as the new head cross country coach at William Chrisman High School.

Stacy has been at Chrisman the past 17 years and announced his resignation so he could move to Ohio for family/personal reasons. He has been the head cross country coach the past seven years.

“Kyle will do a great job,” Stacy said. “I feel like I’m leaving the team in great hands. He has been an important part of our success since he joined our staff.”

While the idea of being a head coach is exhilarating, Morse wishes it was coming under different circumstances.

“Jason is the best – THE BEST!” Morse said as he and Stacy moved boxes of gear from his vehicle into his new classroom at Chrisman. “Over the past three years, we have become best friends. Chrisman just isn’t going to be the same without him.”

Morse was a pole vaulter in high school and has been an assistant track coach for Tyler Rathke, working with the Bears’ vaulters.

“My dream is to be a head track and field coach,” Morse said, “but with a great coach like Tyler, I don’t think that’s going to happen for a long, long time at Chrisman.

“So I’m thrilled to be the boys and girls cross country coach and hope to maintain the success we had when Jason was the head coach.”