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Soccer

DeKalb names Kerkman new golf coach; McIntosh announces resignation

DeKALB – It was a busy day for DeKalb coaches, as on Thursday changes were announced affecting three different head coaching positions.

In addition to Matt Weckler stepping down as football coach, athletic director Peter Goff announced a new golf coach. Later Thursday, longtime boys soccer coach Brent McIntosh announced he was stepping down.

The morning started with Goff announcing that assistant Bradley Kerkman will take over the golf program for 25-year coach John Cordes, who quietly stepped aside after the season.

He's been an assistant golf coach for the past three seasons, and also coaches basketball and baseball.

"Mr. Kerkman is of great integrity, principles and outstanding leader for our student-athletes," Goff said in a statement. "We are extremely excited about the positive impact these he will keep having on our community, school district, students and athletes."

Cordes, who retired from teaching two years ago, said he suspects the team will be very good next year and wanted to leave the new coach in good shape.

"I wanted to give Brad, or whoever the next coach was going to be, their opportunity," Cordes said. "I thought about staying a year or two but I've got other things I can get to and give the next coach that opportunity to have some success in moving the program forward."

Later in the day, at about the same time Weckler was announcing his resignation, McIntosh announced his via twitter.

"It is with a heavy heart but with steadfast conviction that I announce that I will be stepping down as the head coach of the DHS Boys Soccer Program," his statement read. "The decision was made after month of contemplation, dialogue with my family, current soccer staff, &administration, & personal reflection. I am looking forward to seeing the new directions that a new head coach will take our program in."

"It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to have been the Varsity coach for soccer at DeKalb High School for the past 18 years. I leave with a wealth of memories & I feel extremely blessed to have enjoyed so many positive relationships with my fellow coaches, players and parents," the statement said.

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