Published: March 2, 2012.
After 12 seasons and seven playoff runs with the Keystone Oaks High School football team, head coach Nick Kamberis has resigned, citing personal reasons.
“It’s going to be a very big loss,” said athletic director Ken Hustava. “Everything he does is very positive and very motivational. It will be hard to replace him.”
Kamberis will remain a health and physical education teacher at Keystone Oaks High School. He said he’s not leaving the coaching position for any negative reasons—he just wants to take a break, and spend more time with his own three children.
He also said his exit from coaching is temporary.
“It’s definitely temporary. I think coaching is who I am, and I do it all day long when I’m teaching, then at home with my own kids,” Kamberis said. “I’ll definitely do it again at some point, but I don’t know how long.”
Although no advertisement for the position have been published yet, Hustava said word travels fast—he already has received calls and letters of interest regarding the position from people outside of the school district.
He said the plan is to hire a new coach before next season begins. Until then, assistant coaches will oversee the team.
“They’re all about the kids, and certainly no one will let (the students) falter,” he said.
Kamberis said he’s thankful for the support he’s received over the years from the Keystone Oaks community, including faculty, administration and parents. He said he’s especially grateful to athletic trainer Guy Sancholi, who also has been with the team for 12 seasons.
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Although he won’t be on the sidelines next year, Kamberis said he’ll be in the stands of every game, cheering louder than anyone else.
“These are still my kids and I’m their biggest fan,” he said. “Whoever gets the job is stepping into an awesome situation, going in the right direction, with a playoff-caliber team.”