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Joe Koch was looking forward to helping the Greenfield football program take its building process to the next level.

When the chance to pursue a longtime dream came up, though, he simply could not pass it up.

Koch resigned from the Hustlin' Hawks head coaching position to become the offensive coordinator for Paradise High School (Texas), located northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

"The opportunity presented itself," Koch said earlier this week. "I didn't plan it, and I was not seeking it. It's just been a dream of mine for some years to coach football in Texas."

Koch has participated in and run coaching clinics in Texas for years and has come to know some of the coaches.

He was at a clinic in Texas a few weeks ago when Ronnie Gage, one of the legendary Texas high school coaches, came to him and offered him his team's offensive coordinator spot.

"We have some of the same philosophies, and I respect him," Koch said of Gage. "Also, I know it is difficult to break into Texas football if you are not from Texas."

Koch grabbed the opportunity.

"I said I would never coach at another school in Wisconsin besides Greenfield," he said. "but it was a dream of mine to be at the high level of Texas high school football, and this is an opportunity to take care of my family financially."

At the same time, he said, it was anything but an easy decision.

"It was difficult to walk away from Greenfield," he continued. "I was already looking forward to next year. There are many kids returning, and my hope is that the staff stays together.

"Whoever takes (the head) job will walk into a fortunate situation. It's a great group of kids who are working hard in the off-season."

In his two years at Greenfield, Koch posted a 12-8 record, earning two trips to the WIAA playoffs and claiming the Woodland Conference championship last fall.

"We were fortunate to have coach Koch as a part of his Hall of Fame career," athletics director Trent Lower said in a news release. "We appreciate his dedication to student-athletes and thank him for taking our program to the next level. The program is in great position to continue to compete at a high level. As a result, we're confident we'll be able to attract a great coach to replace coach Koch."