Leaving Berthold wasn't an easy decision for Brock Teets, but the opportunity to coach in his hometown was too good to turn down.
Teets was hired as the Bishop Ryan High School boys basketball coach on Monday, nearly four months after the school fired 10th-year coach Scott Medalen.
Teets leaves Berthold after taking the Bombers to the state tournament three times in his five years there.
"The chance to coach in my hometown was the deciding factor," Teets said Wednesday via phone interview. The 36-year-old Minot High School and Minot State University graduate was in Arizona on a business trip.
"It's nothing against Berthold," Teets said. "It was a tremendous experience out there. It was a tough decision to make the move because of the type of athletes I've dealt with out there."
Teets led the Bombers to a 116-17 record during his tenure and his overall success in 11 years in Region 6 put him at the top of Ryan's list. He coached Glenburn for six seasons prior to the Berthold stint.
"The thing with Brock is he's obviously a very good basketball coach and very good basketball mind," Ryan acting athletic director Bryan Kramer said. "His professionalism with the kids in Berthold was very obvious and we think he's a great fit."
Kramer, also the advancement director for the school, has served as athletic director since Medalen lost that position simultaneously in February. Kramer expects an athletic director to be named by the end of the month.
Teets guided Berthold to the Class B state tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2012. The Bombers lost to Carrington in the championship in 2010. He inherits a program that last made the state tournament in 2011 and finished 11-11 in 2013. The Lions lost to Rugby in the first round of the Region 6 tournament.
Ryan returns guard Brody Bosch, one of the team's top offensive threats.
"I think it's a good hire," said Bosch, a rising senior. "It should help our team a lot. I think he's one of the best coaches in the area. He took a pretty good team and made them a lot better, so I'm excited to see what he can do for us."
Teets is a marketing manager at Integrity Viking Mutual Funds in Minot. He and his wife, Tiffany, have two children - 4-year-old son Maddux and 7-year-old daughter Kailey.
Ryan assistant Tyler Ystaas coached the Lions through the team's final five games. Ystaas did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday evening and it is unclear if he will remain on the staff.