After nine seasons as head football coach at Warren Easton, Tony Hull is headed to the collegiate ranks.

Hull accepted a position as running backs coach at Kansas.

“Over the years, I saw that Louisiana kids didn’t really get a shot at that level and I wanted to be able to provide that opportunity,” Hull said.

Hull credits his relationship with Kansas coach David Beaty in helping him land the job when Beaty was an assistant at Texas A&M.

Hull helped turned Easton from a doormat to a contender in his nine seasons on Canal Street.

He took over the Eagles in 2007, the school’s first season fielding a team after Hurricane Katrina. He led the team to the Class 4A state championship in 2014 and to the semifinals this past season.

“I feel blessed honestly with what we’ve done here,” Hull said. “My dad always taught me that you should try to leave something better than you found it. Hopefully these players and coaches see that what we have is better than how we found it.”

Before coaching at Easton, Hull was an assistant at his alma mater, Sarah Reed, and then was an assistant at Mandeville.

Hull told school officials about his decision Tuesday and will talk to his Easton players Wednesday morning.

“It will be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done,” he said.

Hull starts his new job immediately. He flies to Kansas on Thursday and spring practice begins Sunday.

Easton will have one of his players in Kansas with him. Easton quarterback Tyriek Starks signed with the Jayhawks in February.