Keith Wahl, who led Valor Christian's baseball team to the Class 4A championship on Sunday, has accepted a position to become the athletic director at a high school in Alabama.
Valor Christian announced the change on Monday morning. Wahl, who has been with Valor Christian since it opened in 2007, will become the AD at Briarwood Christian in Birmingham, Alabama.
"I want to thank everyone at Valor for my time here over the past nine years," Wahl said in a statement. "When I chose to come here nearly a decade ago, I was hooked on the vision to, 'Prepare tomorrow's leaders to transform the world for Christ.' What I didn't expect coming here was that I would be one of the leaders being prepared.
"My wife, Alyson, and I see the Lord's hand all over our move to Alabama, and are looking forward to where this step of faith takes us. We love Valor and the amazing people who labor in love here, and will continue to pray blessings upon such a special place."
Wahl was also an assistant athletic director at Valor Christian, and helped to head the school's Valor Sports Network sports media class, which won national awards for its coverage.
His baseball teams were 127-61 in nine seasons, and won six league championships.
"We are very thankful for the years of coaching, teaching and ministry that Coach Wahl has given to our students at Valor Christian," Eagles athletic director Jamie Heiner said in a statement. "Our accomplishments on the baseball field and in the classroom under Coach Wahl's leadership have been wonderful and effective. He has built a strong foundation for future success in the baseball program and we look forward to building on that foundation in the coming years.
"We have all been blessed by the service of Coach Wahl over the past nine years, and we are now excited for his future, knowing God has prepared him for such a time as this."
Heiner added that the school would begin a search for a new coach immediately.