Hastings College is losing another coach.
Kendrick Clay, the Broncos' head coach for the cross country and track and field teams, announced Thursday he is stepping down at the end of the outdoor track and field season this spring following 10 years leading the programs.
Clay is the sixth head coach at Hastings College to step down or announce plans to do so in the last year. Jerry Schmutte, who took over as athletic director on June 1, 2012, has had to replace all of those coaches or will do so in the months ahead.
The Broncos already have named new coaches for women's basketball (Carrie Hofstetter), men's golf (Lloyd McIntyre), women's golf (Pete Dudley) and women's soccer (Mark Hiemenz). Along with Clay, men's basketball coach Lance Creech said he is stepping down following the 2012-13 season. Hastings College currently is the middle of its search for a new men's basketball coach, and Schmutte said the search for Clay's replacement officially will begin Monday.
Hofstetter and Dudley are coaching this season, while McIntyre will take over next fall — replacing the retiring Roger Doerr.
"My decision to step down is due to the fact that my energy levels and passion for the sport have diminished," Clay said. "As my colleagues in the athletic department know, to remain competitive and meet the demands necessary to sustain and achieve a high level of athletic excellence as well as administrative tasks takes a person that is dynamic, high energy and enthusiastic about the sport."