Rolla High baseball head coach, football assistant offered teaching job at Ft. Zumwalt North

Karl Odenwald has resigned his teaching and coaching duties at Rolla High School.

He now hopes the school district will let him out of his contract.

Odenwald, who has been in the Rolla school district for six years, including the last two as baseball head coach, Tuesday afternoon was offered a job at Fort Zumwalt North High School in St. Louis. He then notified Rolla officials of his desire to be let out of his Rolla contract.

Odenwald is a history teacher at RHS and has already signed a contract here for the 2014-15 school year. He also serves as the RHS baseball head coach and has been on the RHS football staff as defensive back coach the past five years. He was to serve his second season as Bulldog football defensive coordinator this fall.

He was also a RHS baseball assistant coach until promoted to head coach two years ago. In his two seasons as RHS baseball head coach Odenwald has posted a 30-24 record, including a 18-11 mark and a district championship this past spring.

Odenwald was to make the news of his intention to leave public Wednesday night, when he scheduled a meeting to inform the Bulldog baseball team.

Kelly Hinshaw, Rolla Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Support Services, said the district will do its best to accommodate Odenwald, but added a suitable replacement must be found first. And at this late date that isn’t a given.

“He has requested to be let out of his contract,” Hinshaw said of Odenwald. “We’ll try to do everything to accommodate him. But he has a signed contract.

“We won’t act on it until we have someone to fill his position.”

The position was placed on the school website as an anticipated opening. “We posted the position, which is what we normally do,” Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw said the Rolla Board of Education will be informed that Odenwald’s letter of resignation has been received during Thursday’s scheduled meeting.

Odenwald is scheduled to be married a week from Saturday. His bride-to-be already has a job in the St. Louis area.

“Being from St. Louis, I have looked to get back there,” Odenwald said. “(His fiancee), being from St. Louis as well, expedited that process. She’s got a job in St. Louis.”

It’s the second straight year that a Rolla assistant football coach has resigned just days before preseason practice begins. Last year RHS football and baseball assistant coach Perry Rice resigned just a week before football practice began. This year football practice is to begin on Aug. 4.

If he moves on to Fort Zumwalt North as planned, Odenwald says he plans to resume coaching at some point. Odenwald was offered a social studies teaching position in the Fort Zumwalt North school district on Tuesday but hasn’t been offered a coaching position in the district as of yet.

“I’m not done coaching,” he said. “I’m already looking into potential assistant baseball positions in the Zumwalt district.”