Just a little over a month after guiding the Byng Pirates to a Class 4A state championship, Luke Yost has resigned as the team’s head coach.

The news sent shock waves through the Byng community, which is still celebrating the school’s first spring baseball championship in 16 years.

Rumors were rampant on social media about Yost’s sudden departure — some people even incorrectly stated he was fired.

“It’s true that I resigned,” Yost told The Ada News Thursday morning. “I’ve been out of town this week with my family, making some tough decisions. I felt like this was what was best.”

Actually, his resignation wasn’t official at press time Thursday. Yost said he had notified the Byng administration via email of his decision, and he was going to sign the proper paperwork Friday morning. 

Byng Superintendent Todd Crabtree confirmed that to The Ada News on Thursday.

The Byng Board of Education voted to rehire Yost at a board meeting Monday night. Hours later, Yost sent the email to Byng administrators informing them of his pending resignation.

“We received an emailed letter of resignation from Coach Yost at approximately 10 p.m. Monday. We appreciate his contribution to our program and wish him only the best for his future,” Crabtree said.

Niether Yost or Crabtree would elaborate on the details surrounding the surprising resignation.

Yost said he is hopeful that he and his wife, Kelci, can finally get a job within the same school system.

“We’re going to go somewhere where they want us both. We’re a package deal. I don’t have a job and we’re on the search,” he said. “My wife means more to be than my baseball career.”

Kelci is eligible to teach students entering grades K-8. The Yosts had high hopes Byng would hire Kelci during a recent school board meeting, but that didn’t work out.

“She’s made a sacrifice for the past two years. When I was at Tuttle, she had to commute 20 minutes to Amber-Pocasset. When I was at Byng, she had to commute 35 minutes to Bowlegs every day, and I don’t think that was fair for her,” Yost said.

Yost said he already has some nibbles from schools that have shown interest in hiring him as their head baseball coach and his wife as a teacher.

“I do have some offers. Those same school districts that are interested in me are interested in my wife,” he said.

Yost said he’s thankful for his time at Byng and certainly had planned to be a Pirate for more than one year.

“I had some great support from my parents, and I really appreciate most of the parents having my back and supporting me and the decisions I made. But I’m a player’s coach. It’s going to be tough leaving them because they’re a great bunch of kids. They did everything I asked them to do and then some,” he said.

“It was an unbelievable ride with some great kids,” Yost continued. “It was an honor to be with the program for one year. I made some relationships that will last me a lifetime.”

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.