David Ediger, who has been in the Cimarron High School district for 15 years, including being the assistant high school principal (10 years), girls basketball coach (13 years) and athletic director (all 15 years), has resigned all three positions.
Ediger, 47, said in a Tuesday morning telephone interview, that he submitted his resignation to Cimarron Superintendent Mike Stegman Sunday night and informed his current girls players of his decision on Monday morning.
“Lots of tears for both players and the coaching staff,” Ediger said of the decision to step away from his three positions. “It’s never a great time, but we’ve got an established program here and we have a strong group of younger girls coming up. There’s a lot of talent returning.”
Ediger’s resignation, which will be effective at the end of the current school year, comes on the heels of a 13-9 season record in which they were eliminated in the Class 3A sub-state semifinals after his top player, Taylor Jantz, was lost to a torn ACL in the quarterfinal win over Lakin.
But Ediger said the decision was longer in the making, and he has no immediate plans.
“Probably not that interested in administration unless it was just an athletic director position,” he said. “Not sure if I want to do any coaching anytime soon, either.”
Ediger said he and his family will remain in Cimarron until something appeals which would necessitate a move. His wife will continue teaching in the district, he said.
His oldest daughter, Morgan, is a junior at Tabor College in Hillsboro and plays for the Bluejays’ women’s basketball team.
Currently, she is a starting guard on a team that won their NAIA regional championship and will be playing in the NAIA nationals in Sioux City, Iowa, next week.
Morgan was The Telegram’s 2015 Girls Player of the Year and was also voted Miss Kansas Basketball that year by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
During his coaching career at Cimarron, Ediger’s teams posted a 239-62 record (.794), with the Bluejays’ best finishes coming as state Class 3A runners-up in 2008 and 2015 and a fourth-place finish in 2007.
Prior to his arrival in Cimarron, Ediger had coached the Meade boys for three years with a 46-22 record and previously was the boys coach for two seasons at Ashland, where his teams were 29-16. Overall, he compiled a 314-100 record (.758).
“I have no idea what I’m gonna do, but I’m just gonna trust the Lord to lead me,” Ediger said of his deeply held religious beliefs. “I’m not gonna worry about it right now.”
With Morgan heading into her senior year at Tabor, Ediger said he wanted to be able to watch her final college season as much as possible, and it had been difficult for him to travel to Hillsboro during his own team’s season.
“I’ve already had some calls in different parts of the state on some potential jobs, but not really looking at them yet,” Ediger said. “It’s just a good time to step back, and take a look at some other options.”