WENDELL — Tim Perrigot will be leaving his post as Minico High School head football coach and will become superintendent of the Wendell School District, which announced the hire Thursday afternoon.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me,” Perrigot told the Times-News via email, “but I will always appreciate the time that I spent in the Minidoka School District. It is a special place to work.”

Perrigot will replace Greg Lowe, who announced in October he would retire as Wendell’s superintendent after 14 years in the position. He plans to officially step down in June, and Perrigot will take over in July.

“We’re really excited about the energy and positivity Tim brings with him,” Wendell school board chairwoman Tessa Yon said Thursday. “The ability to connect with the students and staff is huge for us.”

She said she feels Perrigot will bring the community together and help the schools “be the best they can be.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that he will continue the positive changes being implemented by Mr. Lowe,” Yon wrote in an email to the Times-News. “I am ecstatic for our staff, students and community members. The future is looking very bright for Wendell.”

The Wendell School District, which has about 1,200 students, started advertising the superintendent position in November.

A 10-member search committee interviewed three final candidates — all from the Magic Valley and Treasure Valley — on Saturday, Yon said. There weren’t any internal candidates from Wendell.

The Wendell school board voted Wednesday night to hire Perrigot, and he accepted the job that night. The school board made the announcement Thursday afternoon to Wendell school employees.

Perrigot was hired on a three-year rolling contract, Yon said. The salary amount isn’t available yet because Perrigot hasn’t signed the contract.

Minico athletic director Ty Shippen will now be heading up the effort to replace the longest tenured football head coach in Minico history.

“The Minico football program is headed in a great direction, and we want to continue what he’s created and built,” Shippen said. “I hate to see him go, but I’m happy for him at the same time. I have no doubts he’ll do a great job in Wendell.”

Perrigot served as Minico’s head football coach for 22 years, and was an assistant coach for the Spartans four seasons prior to that. He has also served as principal of West Minico Middle School since 2010. Before that, he was Minico’s vice principal and athletic director.

This past fall, Perrigot led Minico to its first state title appearance in school history. Nine of the Spartans’ 13 conference championships and all but one of their 10 playoff appearances have come with Perrigot at the helm.

Minidoka County Joint School District superintendent Kenneth Cox said Perrigot’s tenure as coach was one of great excitement and hope.

“He took a team to greater heights and will be sorely missed in that regard,” Cox said. “It’s going to be hard to fill his shoes with all he’s done to improve the program.”

Shippen said Perrigot changed the football program.

“To take the program from where it was to what its become, it’s been incredible,” Shippen said. “His hard work, dedication and concern for the program and his players showed. How much respect he and his staff have in the football world, it’s just a testament to his character and his career.”

One of the things Shippen said he will remember most about Perrigot is the way he involved himself in his players’ lives.

“He just has a way of connecting with his players,” Shippen said. “He tells them all the times he loves them, and he really does. We’ve been really fortunate to have someone like him leading our program.”