FARMINGTON — John Zecca has stepped down as the boys basketball coach at Kirtland Central.
Zecca spent the past six seasons at the head of the Broncos' program.
"There are a lot of different reasons," Zecca said of his departure. "It's just the right time to move on to different interests."
The former coach led KCHS to 20 wins this past season, the highest total during his tenure, and to the 4A quarterfinals, where they lost to Centennial.
Zecca will remain at KCHS as a teacher and continue to assist with the football program. He said he may also try to get involved with baseball as an assistant in the spring next year.
"I really enjoy coaching football too and just wanted to get into it more," he said.
KCHS Athletic Director Kevin Graham said the decision was Zecca's alone, and the Broncos would have retained him as coach if he desired.
"He had a fantastic run and did a phenomenal job," Graham said. "He's just a great role model for the kids."
Graham, who is also KCHS head football coach, is looking forward to having Zecca involved with Broncos' football team.
"I was joking with him that this will free him up more for football," Graham said of Zecca, who serves as the team's defensive coordinator.
Zecca said a pair of runs to The Pit during the 2012 and 2014 playoffs were the highlights of his six-years as head coach.
"We had a lot of good kids. It's such a good experience for the kids to play in The Pit," he said.
The Broncos program will be in flux next season after losing eight seniors to graduation.
"We had a big senior class, and I wanted to stay with them," Zecca said. "You hate leaving any group, but there are good players coming back. I feel like I'm leaving it in good hands."
KCHS made the playoffs in four of Zecca's six seasons, advancing as far as the semifinals in 2012.
KCHS posted the head coach opening on the Central Consolidated School District website Monday. There is no set time frame for KCHS to make a decision on its next coach.