UPDATE: 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 12: Bryan is en route to a 10 a.m. meeting with executives who have arrived from the Southeast regarding his “amazing football opportunity.”
Piedmont High football coach Kurt Bryan, the co-creator of the A-11 Offense the Highlanders have utilized since 2007, announced his resignation Tuesday evening in a meeting with his players.
Bryan said he’s in the process of finalizing an “amazing football opportunity,” but could not discuss the details.
“It’s always a melancholy feeling,” Bryan said of leaving Piedmont, his alma mater. “It’s been so much fun and a great opportunity to work with so many great people and student-athletes.”
Bryan was the head coach at Piedmont from 1993-96 and again from 2006-10 and went 52-43-1 during his tenure. He and offensive coordinator Steve Humphries invented the A-11 Offense in 2007 that allowed all 11 players on the field to be potentially eligible to catch a pass.
The offense was used across the country and Bryan and Humphries were involved in the writing of several manuals diagramming the offense. A rule change in 2009 altered the offense by requiring at least four players to wear Nos. 50-79, which make them ineligible to catch a forward pass.