After orchestrating a turnaround in the school's boys basketball program, Papillion-La Vista coach Jason Ryan is expected to be the Monarchs' next athletic director.
Ryan, who began his education career at Papillion-La Vista, is to follow Chuck Johnston, who's retiring at the end of the school year. Ryan's hiring as A.D. and assistant principal is subject to approval from the Papillion-La Vista school board at its meeting on Monday.
After 10 years as head coach at Bellevue East, Ryan returned to Papio and took a team that had been 3-20 the previous season to a third-place finish at state in the 2011-12 season. This past season, the Monarchs were Class A runners-up to Omaha Central.
His career record is 166-125, including 47-8 with the Monarchs.
“I've been a head coach for 12 years and I'll miss it,'' Ryan said Wednesday. “But the opportunity to make a big impact on students and be around all our athletics and activities is really intriguing.”
Papillion-La Vista Principal Jerry Kalina said Ryan will help select his replacement as coach. Kalina said one candidate is Ryan's varsity assistant, Dan Moore, who coached Ryan in high school at North Platte. Moore left North Platte for Papillion after Ryan was hired.
“I'll sit down with our administrative team and see who's the best fit for the program,'' Ryan said. “We have some momentum and some things headed in the right direction.”
Ryan, who's married and has four daughters ranging from kindergarten to ninth grade, said he knows his schedule will be changing.
“A lot of late nights,'' he said. “But I'll get back those summer evenings and weekends that were spent with basketball.”
Tvrdy steps down as Seward girls coach
Tom Tvrdy, who led Seward to four consecutive Class B girls basketball titles, has announced his coaching resignation. He guided the Bluejays for 12 seasons, which included a 104-game win streak.
In a statement released by the school, Tvrdy cited family considerations for his decision.
“Next year I will have all three of my children playing on different basketball teams,” he said. “I had to decide between traveling with my wife and watching our kids play, or to continue coaching.”
Tvrdy coached at Rising City, Cozad, Gothenburg and Fremont before Seward.
The Bluejays were undefeated in their four championship seasons (2009 to 2012). Their win streak, second-longest in girls basketball in the state, ended last December on a 40-38 loss to Lincoln Pius X.
They saw their four-year title string end in a Class B state semifinal loss to eventual champion Grand Island Northwest.
Tvrdy's daughter Hannah, a guard who signed with Nebraska, averaged more than 15 points a game her senior year.
His career record, after a 23-5 final season, is 406-134. He's 16th all-time on the Nebraska girls basketball coaching win list.
He did not rule out a return to coaching.
“For the next four years my plan is to watch my kids play,” Tvrdy said. “God willing, my goal is to get back into coaching when my family situation allows me to do it.”
— Mike Patterson