By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Monticello will be in search of a new head football coach after MHS 2000 graduate Jon Kyte stepped down from that position earlier this week. Kyte has been in charge of the program since 2013 when he took over after being on the University of Dubuque Football coaching staff. Monticello fourth-year Athletics Director Tim Lambert talks about the positives that coach Kyte brought to the program and explains his decision to leave now:
Kyte compiled a 14-15 record in three seasons and broke a program playoff drought of 22 years with a playoff berth in his first season. The Panthers went back to the playoffs in 2014 and became the first two teams in program history to play in the postseason in consecutive years since the 1976 and 1977 squads.
The position will be posted after the resignation has been approved by the school board. Mr. Lambert talks about the qualifications they will look for in their next head coach and the process to find the right person for the job:
The Panthers could return 17 underclassmen including 6 sophomore’s who contributed to a team who went 4-5 last season.