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Zack Stroh said it was a “difficult decision,” but an opportunity that ultimately proved too tough to turn down.

The son of longtime local high school coach Brent Stroh, Zack Stroh gave Boiling Springs his resignation last week. South Middleton School District posted an anticipated vacancy for the Bubblers football coaching position Friday. Stroh confirmed the news with The Sentinel on Monday.

Stroh said he is leaving because another coaching opportunity came up that allows him to advance his career. But he declined to say where or what position that is, saying the hire is still in the approval phase and that it was an “opportunity that just came up.”

“I received an opportunity, quite frankly, to advance my coaching career that was too hard to pass up,” he said. “It was a difficult decision to leave the kids.”

He said he will still be teaching in the school district and that he “[looks] forward to that.”

“It was a difficult decision for me, as far as the kids were concerned,” Stroh said. “We had a good thing going, and I just had a blast with our kids.”

Boiling Springs hired Stroh, 26, a Big Spring High School and Lock Haven University graduate, in March 2017 to replace Nate Freier. Stroh went 0-10 last fall with a young team that lost significant talent to graduation in the preceding season.

The school district is expected to approve his resignation at its next board meeting. SMSD has a special board meeting Tuesday to announce a new superintendent. The next regular board meeting is April 16.

Boiling Springs must also replace longtime athletic director Pat Dieter, who announced his retirement in February. Joel Hain (high school principal) and Mark Correll (assistant principal) are currently handling administrative AD duties until a permanent hire is made.

Hain told The Sentinel he hopes to have a new AD selected in “about a week or so." Once that person is hired, Hain said they will be included in the hiring process for the new football coach.

“I would say we definitely wanna get the [football] candidates together in a couple weeks,” Hain said.

The job post on the district website said head coaching experience “is preferred,” while Hain said “experience is definitely important.” Applicants can apply in the employment portal on smsd.tedk12.com.

Email Jake Adams at jadams@cumberlink.com or follow him on Twitter @jakeadams520

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