Joe Kilby will be leaving his post as head football coach at Cedar Ridge after accepting the job as the head coach at Apex High.
Kilby becomes the second coach at Apex in nearly two decades, replacing Bob Wolfe -- who retired after 18 seasons with the Cougars. He was the head coach at Cedar Ridge for two seasons, going 15-11, including a run to the 2AA East final in 2010.
"As a coach, you enjoy new challenges," Kilby said. "Part of it is going to a 4A school and the chance to coach in the Tri-Nine Conference. There are some really great football teams in that league."
Kilby said any coaching move is difficult and it was hard telling his team and Cedar Ridge supporters that he was leaving.
"I was on the telephone last night, calling some of the people who had really helped us," Kilby said. "It was not the easiest thing to do to some great people.
"Telling the kids that I wouldn't be their coach next year was sort of like that talk you give after the last game. You know what you want to say from your heart, but for some reason the words never come out right."
Before taking over with the Red Wolves, Kilby was an assistant for two seasons at Leesville Road. He also has 10 years of experience as a college assistant and five years as a high school assistant in tradition-rich Texas.