"Due to a couple of factors that aren't really worth disclosing to the general public, I have decided not to attempt to return to the AC baseball program as the Head Coach in 2005," said Kidd.
"I actually made my decision a couple of days after the season was over. But, I wanted to give myself some time to recuperate from the season to be sure. I'm confident in my decision now."
Prior to the start of the 2003 season, Kidd inherited an ACHS baseball team that was coming of its first-ever regional championship. Kidd was an assistant coach on the 2003 team when Ronnie Patton headed the program.
"I'm proud of what the guys were able to accomplish on the field in 2004," said Kidd. "They were a very young and talented team that tackled a very, very tough schedule. The team should be outstanding in 2005, the program returns the entire starting lineup and a cast of reserves that played some valuable innings this past season."
Kidd worked the ACHS baseball program throughout the year. Not just the season
"I think the majority of the people are of the mindset that high school baseball only lasts for a couple of months," added Kidd.
"To do a program justice, preparation for the next season must begin nearly as soon as the current season is complete."
Although he steps away from the game and a program that is a proven winner, Kidd has few regrets. While he was at the top of the Rebels baseball program, Kidd took the position very seriously.
"I treated the position like a full time job for a solid year, I made hundreds of phone calls, sent many, many e-mails, lost lots of sleep and spent bunches of hours on miscellaneous projects," Kidd acknowledged. "I cared very deeply about the guys and wanted only the very best of everything for them from their uniforms, to their field, to the teams they played. The whole process, from beginning to end is extremely aggravating and rewarding at the same time.
"When you look at the most successful programs in the area and the state, their common theme is continuous work toward taking their programs to a higher level. It takes a lot of devoted people that have the same vision that refuse to lose sight of that vision. It's rare to successfully maintain such a task. It takes an obsession and a passion."
Kidd isn't bitter as he leaves the Allen Central High baseball program, one in which his son Brock will return to as a junior catcher.
"I'm confident that all that are involved with Allen Central baseball in 2005 will have the same vision," said Kidd. "I'm also sure that AC will select a new coach that can lead the obsession and passion for baseball to a new level."