That move left open the opportunity that Randy Williams was itching for.
Williams' last full-time coaching gig was over a decade ago, so he jumped at the chance the day it came open.
"When he got the principal's job and it was approved by the board, I went in the next day and threw my name in the hat for the head coaching job," Williams said. "I decided that I had waited long enough and never got the coaching bug out of my system and was ready to jump back into it."
Williams caught the coaching bug during his time as a wide receivers coach at Division II Winona State University.
But the Oregon, MO native actually played basketball at William Jewell during his college days, and never played wide receiver.
"I played quarterback in high school. That's the funny part. Not only was I slow, I couldn't jump."
Williams chief concern in his first head coaching job is the team's depth after Mid-Buchanan graduated a solid senior class.
"Our big key is going to be staying healthy. We are not going to be that deep this year," Williams said. "As long as we stay healthy with the athletes we have and the returners we have...I think we'll be very competitive."
Senior wide receiver Michael Tupica agreed.
"We don't have as many people as last year. We just have to work hard to make up for all the seniors we lost."