PENDLETON — Kyle Tedder has resigned as head boys basketball coach at Pendleton High School after three seasons at the helm.
Tedder, who is also employed by the school as a teacher, submitted his resignation for both positions to the school board, which were accepted by the board at its regular meeting on Tuesday morning. The 26-year-old told the East Oregonian that he recently accepted a teaching position at North Medford High School, which is closer to his native Coos Bay.
“I got an opportunity to go home,” Tedder said by phone. “It’s hard giving up a good head coaching job, but it’s more of a personal life choice for me. It’s an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up ... to be back with my family and back with my friends.”
The Marshfield High School graduate came to Pendleton in 2015 after finishing a standout collegiate basketball career at Southern Oregon University and then one year at North Medford as the junior varsity coach while doing his student teaching. In his three seasons in Pendleton, the Buckaroos were one of the most consistent programs in Class 5A, compiling a 47-24 (.662) overall record, a 23-4 mark in Columbia River Conference play, and earning three straight trips to the state playoffs.
“Pendleton’s been amazing,” Tedder said. “I couldn’t ask for a better place to start my career with the opportunity to coach and teach at a big school.”
The 2016-17 season was the Buckaroos’ best under Tedder, as they went 17-5 overall and 9-0 in the conference and earned a berth to the state tournament in Corvallis. There, the Buckaroos bounced back from a loss in the quarterfinals to defeat Crescent Valley and Summit to earn the fourth place finish and bring home the school’s first state trophy since the 1959 season.
Tedder said it was extremely difficult to leave the Buckaroos, especially prior to the upcoming 2018-19 season, as the team is primed for another solid run next season with seniors Tyler Newsom and Willie Camp and sophomore sharpshooter Dakota Sams.
“The hardest conversation to have was with them,” Tedder said. “To look at those guys knowing they’re going to have an amazing year, that was tough. The competitor in me wanted to stay and go win league again and go back to state.”
Next season at North Medford, a Class 6A school, Tedder says he will be taking a step back in his coaching role and will be an assistant in some capacity with the Black Tornadoes. And while he admits it will be tough to give up the reins of being the head coach, he’s looking forward to this next step.
“I’m so excited,” Tedder said. “I’m looking forward to this.”
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