BEN BOLT — Coach Daniel Johnson is leaving Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco High School.

Johnson, who in his second season at the school this past fall guided the Badgers to a remarkable 9-4 season and an appearance in the Class 2A regional quarterfinals, resigned as the school’s head coach and athletic director Wednesday, superintendent Tim Little said.

The school district recently extended Johnson’s contract by a year on a 4-3 vote. He had a year remaining on his current contract and the board added one more to 2019. Johnson was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

Little said he hates seeing the school district lose a coach of Johnson’s caliber.

“I think he did a fantastic job,” Little said. “He has 100 percent respect from me for the job he did here these last two years. Since he arrived here, he fulfilled every single goal I set for him. I really couldn’t be happier with the job he did for our school. It’s going to be a big loss for us moving forward without him.”

Johnson took over the Badger football program in 2015. Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco had a respectable 5-5 season. The Badgers returned their season and went 9-4. They were unbeaten in district play and reached the Class 2A regional quarterfinals where they had a decent showing against eventual 2A state champion Refugio.

Little also credited Johnson with organizing an overall strong athletic program at Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco High School. In the 2016-2017 school year, BB-PB reached the state playoffs in every sport except baseball.

“The level of success on the field and on the court was great overall, and probably better than it’s ever been,” Little said. “It was really an overall amazing run.”

Little said his plan is to meet with the school’s coaching staff and name one of the coaches as the program’s interim head coach. He said he hopes to have that completed during the school board’s upcoming meeting Tuesday night. Little said the district is in a position where they can name a long-term interim or begin a search for a new head coach and athletic director.

“Our main goal right now to keep our coaching staff intact,” he said. “I think we have such an amazing staff that’s probably one of the best in the region. We want to name the best person as interim and keep this going.”