Terry Hyde felt it was time to make way for what’s next at the Evergreen High School football program.
Hyde met with administrators two weeks ago, and the two parties mutually agreed that he step down as head football coach after four seasons.
Plus, two years removed from a major heart surgery, the longtime Clark County coach said it was time to “alleviate some stressors.”
“It’s time for me to take a step back,” Hyde said. “There’s a new (administration) coming in at Evergreen and they’re trying to create a much needed culture change in that building. If my stepping aside helps, or makes for a better Evergreen, I’m all for it.”
The Plainsmen have had an 11-26 record over Hyde’s four seasons. The highest they finished in league is fourth place, twice (2016, 2017).
Hyde will remain in his current job as a security guard at Evergreen High School, along with his position as the head of Clark County Youth Football.
Hyde has a history with Evergreen dating back to the 1990s. He served as an assistant under current Camas coach Jon Eagle for five seasons, and remained when current Evergreen Public Schools athletic director Cale Piland took over as coach in 2001. Hyde was a part of the Evergreen’s 2004 Class 4A state championship team.
From there, he took over as head coach at Prairie, where the Falcons went 29-53 over nine years.
Athletic director Keenan Burris said the job was posted last week and he hopes to begin interviewing next month and have the position filled by mid-February. There have been multiple applicants already, he said.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve done and proud of the direction that program is headed,” Hyde said. “Whoever they bring in I give them 100 percent support, will help however I can.”