PHOENIX, Arizona

Former Waxahachie head football coach Jon Kitna was named to the same position Thursday with Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to an official school press release, Kitna replaces longtime head coach Scooter Molander, who resigned in November after 13 years at the helm.

Brophy principal Bob Ryan stated welcomed Kitna after an "extensive search process" and added he is "excited to welcome" the 16-year NFL veteran to the staff.

"Throughout this process, we have sought not only a qualified and dynamic football coach but someone who shares our vision for the overall formation of our students," Ryan said. "Jon Kitna shares this vision and I look forward to the impact he will have as a faculty member and as our head coach, positively influencing the lives of his students and players."

Ryan also congratulated and thanked Molander for his 13 years of service to the Brophy football program.

While in Waxahchie, Kitna led the football program to a 20-13 record and one playoff appearance during his three-year stint. He resigned Friday, Feb. 9.

In a statement released by the Kitna family via Twitter, Jon stated the resignation came with "much sadness."

"It has been a great journey the last three years of digging deep, climbing high, embracing the grind, chasing a lion and developing a brotherhood that will never end," he continued. "I am a better man of God, husband, father, coach and mentor because of the opportunity to grow, love and be loved by the young men in this (Waxahachie) program the last three years."

Waxahchie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn said at the time of the resignation that "Waxahachie football made great strides under coach Kitna's leadership. In his time at Waxahachie ISD, coach Kitna developed young men of character and will be missed. WISD will look to move forward building on the foundation coach Kitna and his staff have laid."

Waxahachie ISD Athletic Director Greg Reed has named Aaron Woods as the interim head coach. Woods currently serves as the Indians' offensive coordinator.

Reed will also begin and lead the search for the next head football coach.

Kitna first began his coaching career at his alma mater Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington. He helped Tacoma to a 24-8 mark and three playoff appearances — 2 first-round exits and a quarterfinal appearance — over three seasons.

He was then hired in 2015 to lead the Waxahachie Indians football team, where he had a career 10-12 mark in District 10-5A.

Kitna replaced longtime coach David Ream in Waxahachie after the latter retired following 15 years with the football program. Ream compiled a 102-66 record with seven district championships.

Sporting News' Alex Marvez reported the Bengals to have interviewed Kitna sometime around Jan. 9 for a then-vacant job as a quarterbacks coach, but the team ultimately hired Alex Van Pelt, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, on Jan. 12.

Aaron Matas with KUSA-9 News in Denver, Colorado reported Kitna was a finalist for the head football coaching vacancy at Valor Christian High School in Denver. Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed Mccaffrey was named the head coach at Valor Christian on Monday, Feb. 5.