He doesn't like to think about it, but today could be Keith Nelson's last game as the Lawrence High soccer coach.
Nelson, who has coached the boys and girls teams at LHS for three years, resigned as the Lions coach after he learned in early April that his teaching position at South Junior High would not be renewed. With that, LHS officials informed Nelson they wanted to find a new coach that was a district employee.
Nelson said he understood the school's position, but hoped he could return as coach if they don't find a suitable candidate.
"My focus is going to be on staying in town," he said. "And if the chance comes for me to be the coach again, that's what I'd want.
"I hope to make that work."
LHS athletic director Ron Commons said the school had not started searching for a new coach, but Nelson could be a possibility next year.
"We haven't ruled against anything," Commons said.
He added the decision wasn't a reflection of Nelson's record.
"Oh no," Commons said. "He's a good soccer coach."
So when the Lions play Olathe North at 6 tonight at Olathe District Activities Center, it could be the last time Nelson stands on the LHS sideline. But that hasn't dominated his mind.
"I guess I've thought about it a little," he said.
"But that's it. I want the focus to be on the players and the seniors. I'd like them to go out with a big win and a nice memory."