Next coach will be just the 18th in program history.

Booneville will start next season with a new head football coach for just the second time since 1990.

Scott Hyatt has stepped down as head coach of the Booneville Bearcats last Thursday.

“I’m just tired and I need a change,” Hyatt said after the decision was made public. “I love this program. It’s been a great run, and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

“I love this community, and I love this football program.”

The Bearcats were 123-36 during Hyatt’s 13-year tenure, a .774 winning percentage.

Posting 15-0 records in both 2013 and 2018, Hyatt coached teams won state titles in Class 4A and 3A.

Hyatt also led the program to seven conference titles in his 13 seasons here, including the last three straight, all of which saw the Bearcats finish perfect in league play.

Hyatt, according to Booneville Schools Superintendent Trent Goff, will transition to the Dean of Students role for the district for the remainder of the school year, while also continuing in the role of assistant athletic director.

In that position, Hyatt will work at both the junior high and high schools according to Booneville Junior High School Principal and district athletic director Josh Walker.

The dean of students position was previously held by Ricky May, who left last year to become the head coach at Charleston High School.

With Hyatt’s departure, offensive coordinator Doc Crowley is in charge of the football operations on an interim basis, Goff said.

Goff said he expects to have a coach in place well before spring football.

That individual will be just the 18th person to be the head coach of a program that celebrated its 100th season in 2019.