HHS boys' basketball coach Dustin Kirkman signals to his teams from the sidelines during the past season.

Houston High School boys’ basketball coach Dustin Kirkman resigned Monday, according to Superintendent Dr. Dan Vandiver.

Vandiver said the resignation, which came in two parts, was accepted during a closed session of Monday night’s school board meeting. Vandiver said Kirkman has resigned immediately from his coaching duties and will be leaving the district Dec. 31 from his position as focus room supervisor at the elementary school.

Kirkman’s resignation came just three weeks before the first official day of practice on Oct. 31. Houston opens the season Nov. 29 against Mansfield.

“I have no comment regarding my decision to not sign my contract for the 2011-2012 school year,” Kirkman said in a written statement. “I would like to thank all of the young men I’ve had the pleasure of coaching. Leaving them and the school is a very tough decision I had to make.”

Brent Kell, HHS athletic director, said Tuesday afternoon that he had already began interviewing candidates for the position. He said no one within the district was interested in the job.

Kell said he hopes to hire Kirkman’s replacement by the middle of next week.

A 1999 Houston High School graduate, Kirkman was named head coach of his alma mater in April 2010. The Tigers went 3-22 in their lone season under Kirkman.

The next HHS head coach will be the program’s fifth in six seasons — following Aaron Griffin, Wayne Jessen, Brent Hall and Kirkman.

The Tigers last won a conference title in 1989. The last district championship came in 1984.

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