The Howard Payne Lady Jackets’ undefeated run to the NCAA Division III women’s basketball national championship turned head coach Chris Kielsmeier into one of the hottest commodities throughout the country. With numerous job offers pouring in, one proved too good for Kielsmeier to refuse.

After nine seasons — the last eight as head coach — Kielsmeier is leaving Howard Payne to become the head coach at Division II Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., located 100 miles northwest of Omaha and four hours from his hometown in Iowa.

Kielsmeier broke the news to the returning members of the Lady Jackets roster during a team meeting Wednesday afternoon.

More information on this story will appear later on the Brownwood Bulletin Web site and in Thursday’s print edition.