KLAMATH FALLS--Tim Cleland is stepping down as head coach of the Henley baseball team.
It ends a 15-year run with the program, 11 of which were spent as head coach, that brought unprecedented success to the Hornets program.
He led Henley to the playoffs in all 11 years, made five straight championship game appearances from 2013 to 2017, and won state titles in 2013, 2014, and 2016
Cleland said he chose to step down to “take a breath” and to spend more time watching his kid's play.
"I think this is something he's been thinking about for a couple years," athletic director Tom Loney said. "After games, after practices, he'd grab his gear and he was running to the Little League fields to watch his kids play. His kids are getting to the age where he could possibly start coaching them and watching them more."
Still, his retirement caught many of his players by surprise.
"There were some kids that were certainly shocked and a little devastated to lose their leader," Loney said. "My son was one of them, he was very upset. I would say there were a lot of people around the community that were a little shocked that he was resigning but they understand too."
Cleland will continue working as a teacher at Henley. The school is searching for a new head baseball coach and Loney said he expects to have the position filled by the start of the new school year.