Matt Kitchie steps down at Lennard

Lennard’s Matt Kitchie, who led the football program to its first playoff appearance last season, has stepped down, citing family concerns. 

“I’m dealing with some personal issue that I need to attend to,” Kitchie said. “Time is precious and my family is in need.  I’m confident the coaches will take over and continue the success of the young men.”

Kitchie, who will still teach at the school, said the move “was for the time being” and did not rule out a return to coaching. He was in his fourth season with the Longhorns and leaves with a 12-21 record. 

Khris Ramsey, the team’s defensive coordinator, will take over as the interim coach. 

This was Kitchie’s third coaching stint. He coached at Land O’ Lakes (2009-10) and Leto (2011-16) before taking over at Lennard in 2017.

After winning a combined three games his first two seasons, Kitchie guided the Longhorns to significant turnaround . Lennard went 7-4 last year, tying the school record for most wins in a season and making the postseason for the first time. 

The Longhorns have started this season 2-0. 

“I’m very proud of how the coaches and kids have transitioned in my absence,” Kitchie said. “I will continue teaching at Lennard, I just removed myself from football.”