Bradshaw Mountain High has three major positions to fill after Athletic Director/assistant principal Cindy Dahl, her husband, assistant principal of education services Brett Dahl, and Bears varsity football coach Adam Schiermyer all resigned their posts to relocate out of state.
The Dahls will be moving back to Sheridan, Wyo., where they're from, at the end of the academic year to work in the public school system there.
Cindy was A.D. for three years and taught physical education at Bradshaw High for 13 years prior to that.
"It was a really difficult decision, because I've been here a really long time and really care about all the kids and the staff here - and we've created some really good relationships," Cindy said. "It was too good of an opportunity as far as moving to a state that supports and funds education."
Brett, a former golf coach and biology teacher who also served as site director for Bradshaw's annual Holiday Hoops Classic varsity boys' basketball tournament, already has been hired as an assistant principal at Sheridan Junior High, and Cindy said she will interview for another position in Sheridan.
"The jobs are posted, and so they're just collecting applications right now," Cindy said of the process for filling her and Brett's posts at BMHS. "They'll just conduct interviews and have people in place. Brett and I are going to do everything we can as far as the transition."
Schiermyer resigned after only one season as Bears coach/P.E. teacher to accept a similar job in his native Michigan, where he will relocate with his wife and three children. On April 19, he tendered his resignation to BMHS administrators and told his players about his impending departure.
"It was a personal decision, and I had an opportunity to go to Michigan and take another teaching job there, which they're hard to come by in tenured states," Schiermyer said. "I also had a coaching position with it, so I'm actually moving back to where I grew up, to that area."
The Bears finished the 2012 season with a 3-8 overall record, following a five-game losing streak to end the fall. Bradshaw failed to qualify for the Division 2 state playoffs for the second straight year.
Schiermyer had a green group that he hoped to develop in an entirely different system than former coach Chuck Apap's.
Before Schiermyer's arrival in Prescott Valley, he was a JV coach/varsity assistant at Gilbert Perry near Phoenix.
"Obviously the record was a disappointment, but there's way more positives than there were negatives about it," Schiermyer said of his short stint at Bradshaw. "Between just the kids and the type of kids they were, and the type of kids they are, you know the potential of them. They're going to be successful next year."
Schiermyer added that he was not pressured to resign and had the full support of Cindy Dahl and Principal Kort Miner to stay on as coach.
"The administration is upset (that I'm leaving) because of what I was bringing to the table as a coach, and the coaches are upset about it, and parents will be, too," he said. "In one aspect, it's kind of a compliment that they're upset because, if they weren't, then it's probably time to go anyways."
This fall, Schiermyer, 34, will take over as varsity head football coach at Blissfield High in southeastern Michigan. But he said he first will help mentor the Bears through spring football, which started April 29 and will last for the ensuing three weeks.
"He came in and really tried to go in the direction of raising young men, and having that positive influence as far as in the classroom - academics first," Cindy said. "He's really encouraged the kids to make good choices."
Bradshaw Mountain, which is seeking to hire its third head football coach in as many years, would like to have a new one in the fold before the school year ends, Cindy added.
Apap resigned in early November 2011, citing a lack of support from the school's former principal, Dan Streeter. Schiermyer replaced Apap, who is now the coach at Chino Valley High, last February.
Cindy issued a news release to the Daily Courier stating that the "head football position will be posted (advertised for) and the search will begin immediately for a candidate that will be the right fit for our football program, high school and community.
"We have an excellent football staff that will continue to work with and support our athletes and move forward in a positive direction during this time."