Jude Schlesselman

McAlester assistant football and head boys’ golf coach Jude Schlesselman will be leaving for China at the end of this semester. He appears here during the 2013 football season.

Jude Schlesselman, a McAlester coach since 2009, will be leaving at the end of this semester. His resignation was announced at Monday’s McAlester Public Schools board meeting.

Schlesselman said he’s leaving McAlester for Dalian, a city of approximately 6.7 million in northeastern China. It’ll be by far Schlesselman’s biggest departure, having never been farther from the U.S. than Mexico.

Schlesselman said he’ll be working on a supervisory committee overseeing production of four accommodation rigs. Accommodation rigs, which Schlesselman described as floating hotels, are meant to house employees working on offshore oil rigs.

“It’s been a great experience for me,” Schlesselman said Thursday. “I’ve learned a lot. I’ve worked with great people. The administration is great. I just feel this is an opportunity I can’t afford to pass up at this time in my life.”

Schlesselman came to McAlester in the summer of 2009. He’s played multiple roles as a Buffs assistant football coach, including varsity outside linebackers coach, varsity defensive backs coach, ninth-grade and junior varsity defensive coordinator and this year JV head coach.

Schlesselman was also McAlester’s JV baseball coach up until the spring 2013 season, when he took over the junior high golf program. He became the varsity boys’ golf coach in 2014, helping the Buffs reach the Class 5A state tournament.

Schlesselman also taught a careers and ACT prep class at McAlester High School.

Schlesselman’s resignation won’t come until after football season has ended. McAlester will, however, need to find a new boys’ golf coach.

Varsity girls’ golf coach Aron Holt left following the spring 2013 season. This means that McAlester will have different boys’ and girls’ golf coaches for the third time in three years.

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.