Kansas High School Coaching Changes

Shawn Seematter will replace Chuck Smith at Colgan?(Photo by Sean Steffen,courtesy Sports In Kansas)
By: Kpreps.com
Feb 22, 2017

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Kpreps keeps you informed of all the Kansas high school football coaching changes and provides some insight into the coaching positions that remain open.  Keep us updated on coaching changes by emailing matt@kpreps.com or contacting us via Twitter @Kpreps or on Facebook. 

Class 6A

Blue Valley – OPEN
The entire state continues to mourn the sudden passing of Tiger Coach Eric Driskell who passed away on February 15th from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Driskell was beloved by his players and students at Blue Valley, and respected among his peers across the Kansas City metro and the state. In his seven seasons as the Tiger head coach, Driskell posted a 71-18 record with two state championships, including one in his first season as coach in 2010. The Tigers finished as the Class 6A runners-up the past two seasons. Blue Valley has traditionally been one of the state’s top football programs.

Blue Valley Northwest – OPEN
The Huskies will be looking for a new leader after Mike Zegunis resigned on February 15th. Zegunis led the Huskies to a 55-61 record over the past 12 years. He will join the newly-formed staff at Olathe West as an assistant. Blue Valley Northwest lost in Week 9 to rival Blue Valley North, 39-36 in double overtime. The Huskies played three overtime games in 2016, and four of their games were decided by single digits.

Olathe West – T. J. O’Neill
The newly formed school has tabbed Mill Valley assistant T. J. O’Neill as the Owls’ first coach. O’Neill, a Salina Central graduate, has been part of back-to-back Class 5A state championships as Mill Valley’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Olathe West will begin with a junior varsity schedule in 2017 before opening varsity competition in the fall of 2018.

Wichita North – Scott Moshier
The seemingly ever-struggling Redskin football program has hired one of the most successful coaches at the Class 2A level. Scott Moshier will return home to Wichita after spending 11 years as head coach at Meade.  He led Buffaloes to a 107-19 record including 2-1A state titles in 2010 and 2012.  Meade reached the playoffs in all of Moshier’s 11 seasons. Wichita North presents a significant challenge as the Redskins have won a total of 15 games in the past 13 years


Class 5A

Andover – Cade Armstrong
Andover has named Cade Armstrong as its new head coach. Armstrong has served as the defensive coordinator at Derby the past four seasons in which the Panthers have compiled a 46-4 overall record and 6A state titles in 2013, 2014, and 2016. At Derby, Armstrong’s defense has given up only 15.2 points per game over the span of his 50 games as DC. Last fall, the Panthers gave up only 12.2 points per game. Coach Armstrong replaces Tony Crough who resigned after one year at Andover where he led the Trojans to a 6-4 record and a close playoff loss to Great Bend. Ironically, Crough came to Andover prior to the 2016 season from Great Bend where he led the Panthers to a 10-9 record in his two years as coach. Crough is leaves the Trojans to join the football staff at Hutchinson Community College.

Bishop Carroll – Dusty Trail
After 22 seasons as head coach at Bishop Carroll, Alan Schuckman announced his resignation in mid-January. Schuckman transformed the Golden Eagles into one of the top football programs in the state.  He led Carroll to a 193-46 record and state titles in 2012 and 2014.  Carroll tabbed long-time offensive coordinator Dusty Trail as its next head coach. Coach Trail and defensive coordinator Jim Nance have each been on staff at Carroll for all of Schuckman’s 22 seasons.

Bonner Springs – Chad Eaddy
Bonner Springs has announced Chad Eaddy as the school’s next football coach.  Eaddy previously coached in 2015 at Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina where he compiled a 13-28 record during his four years leading his alma mater. Eaddy played collegiately at South Carolina State where he was a 1,000-yard rusher. Eaddy replaces LaDrew Murrell who led the Braves to a 4-6 record in his only season as head coach. Murrell took over late in the summer when former Brave coach Lucas Aslin left for a job in Oklahoma.

KC Turner – Julian Parks
Coach Parks is a Turner alum and has been on the Golden Bears’ staff for the past ten seasons. He replaces Jeremy Milne who led the Turner program to a 17-29 record from 2012 to 2016. Milne’s Bears finished 5-5 last fall and his offense produced Class 5A All-State wide receiver Jordan Martin; a finalist for the Kpreps – Dylan Meier Get Busy Livin’ Player of the Year Award. Prior to the 2016 format change allowing all schools to reach the postseason, the Golden Bears had not reached the playoffs in six consecutive seasons. 

Liberal – OPEN
Liberal graduate Caleb Cline handed in his resignation before Christmas. Cline led the Redskins to a 10-18 record in his three seasons (2014-16) as head coach.  Cline had previously served as Liberal’s defensive coordinator from 2011-2013 seasons. Once a dominant program, Liberal has posted a 50-86 record and just two winning seasons since 2004.  Those winning seasons were an 8-3 mark in 2004, and a 6-4 record in 2005.

Topeka West – Ryan Kelly
Topeka West fired John Tetuan shortly after the 2016 season. Tetuan posted an 9-36 record during his five years as the Chargers’ coach. The six seasons prior to Tetuan’s arrival, Topeka West went a combined 3-51. West alum Ryan Kelly will now take over the Charger program after serving as an assistant at Benedictine College. 


Class 4A, Division I

Andale – Dylan Schmidt
Former Andale player and assistant Dylan Schmidt has been tabbed to take over for long-time Indian Head Coach Gary O’Hair. O’Hair retired after the 2016 season after a 15-year run at Andale the produced a 150-30 record and three state championships. Under O’Hair, the Indians became one of “the” measuring-stick programs in Class 4A. Schmidt returned to Andale as an assistant after a one-year stint as Wellington’s head coach in 2011.

El Dorado – OPEN
Jason Nichols resigned as the Wildcats coach on February 16th. Nichols led El Dorado to a 5-12 record in his two years as head coach.  This past fall, the Wildcats finished 3-6 – the most wins in a single season since 2008. Since 2004, the Wildcat program is just 21-98 with three playoff appearances.

Louisburg – OPEN
A traditional contender in Class 4A, Louisburg posted a strong 8-3 season in 2016 before falling to eventual champion Bishop Miege in the state quarterfinals. The Wildcat program has posted a 102-45 record since 2004 and captured the 4A state championship in 2010.  In fact, Louisburg has reached the state playoffs in 14 of the past 15 seasons. The Wildcats had a late coaching change last summer as Kyle Littrell resigned late in the summer and Jeff Lohse and Gary Griffin served as co-head coaches last fall. Griffin led the Wildcats during that 2010 championship season. 

Towanda-Circle – OPEN
Circle coach Heath Henderson resigned in mid-December after posting a 1-26 record in his three seasons. This past fall, the T-Birds ended a 36-game losing streak with a 28-14 victory over Winfield. Since 2004, the T-Birds have posted a 25-95 record and have won just four total games in the past six seasons.

Class 4A, Division II

Baldwin – OPEN
Baldwin is searching for a new coach to replace veteran coach Mike Berg.  Berg went 117-79 in his 19 season at Baldwin, but the Bulldogs were a combined 5-14 the past two seasons. The 2016 season was Baldwin’s first in Class 4A, Division II. Baldwin has posted an 87-52 record since 2004 and reached the state quarterfinals four times including a state semifinal appearance in 2007. In 2013, the Bulldogs finished 11-1 and lost to eventual state runner-up Coffeyville in the quarterfinal round.

Colby – Rees McKinney
Rees McKinney takes over at Colby replacing Chris Gardner as coach. McKinney spent last season as head coach at the 8-man level at Moscow (5-4).  Gardner spent ten seasons as head coach of the Eagles compiling a 36-59 record. The Eagles were competitive in a much more balanced Great West Activities Conference. Colby finished 5-5 last fall with a loss to eventual 4A-II champion Pratt in the first round of the playoffs. The Eagles have reached the playoffs three consecutive seasons and have one of the top young players in the state in junior-to-be Jordan Schippers.

Girard – OPEN
Trojan coach Leon Miller was recently named the new head coach at Neosho (Mo.) High School creating the vacancy at Girard. Miller spent ten seasons as head coach at Girard (49-47) after stints at Parsons and a long tenure as the head coach at Frontenac. Miller led Frontenac to the Class 2A state title in 1994.

Goodland – Chase Topliff
Long-time coach Jeff Savage lasted just two years at Goodland and the school recently named Chase Topliff as his replacement. The Cowboys finished 3-6 in both of Savage’s seasons. Topliff was an assistant at Goodland last season. The Cowboy program has finished 3-6 in three consecutive seasons and four of the past five seasons.

Prairie View – OPEN
Prairie View will look for a new leader to replace Doug Whitcraft who spent six years as head coach of the Buffaloes. Prairie View slipped back to 2-7 this past fall after finishing 5-4 the two prior seasons. Prairie View hasn’t qualified for the state playoffs since the 2005 season.


Class 3A

Atchison County – OPEN
Atchison County remains open as Ryan Kelly, who previously was reported as taking the Tiger job, has been named the head coach at Topeka West. Atchison County will enter the 2017 season having lost ten consecutive games. The Tigers were winless in 2016 and gave up an average of 57 points per game. Atchison County hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2011. 

Beloit – OPEN
Long-time Beloit coach Greg Koenig left to take the same position at Cimarron. During his tenure at Beloit, Koenig went 93-30 and reached the playoffs in nine of eleven seasons. Beloit finished as the 3A state runners-up in 2013.

Cimarron – Greg Koenig
The Bluejays hired former Beloit head coach Greg Koenig. During his tenure at Beloit, Koenig went 93-30 and reached the playoffs in nine of eleven seasons. Koenig will take over for Chuck Dirks who was a late summer replacement at Cimarron last fall. The Bluejays finished 7-3 with a close first-round loss to Larned. Cimarron has reached the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, and has posted a 38-30 record since 2010.

Ellsworth – Josh Homolka
Ellsworth has announced the hiring of Josh Homolka as the Bearcats’ new head coach. Homolka, a graduate of nearby Claflin High School, played in college at Kansas before coaching stints at Pittsburg State and Ottawa University.  Last season, Homolka was the safeties coach at Division I Northern Illinois.

Riverton – OPEN
H.T. Kinney’s one season at Riverton resulted in just a 2-8 overall record, but the Rams upset Cherryvale in district play to advance to the playoffs. Kinney, a former offensive coordinator at nearby Missouri Southern University (Joplin, Mo.), stepped down as the Ramblers’ coach in January to attempt and get back into coaching at the collegiate level. Since 2004, Riverton has posted a 62-66 record with six playoff appearances including a state semifinal appearance in 2008. The Rams are a member of the competitive CNC League.

West Franklin – OPEN
Kevin Coker went 6-21 in his three seasons as head coach of the Falcons.  Since the combination of Pomona and Williamsburg in 2007, West Franklin has posted an overall 27-63 record.  The Falcons compete in the Flint Hills League.


Class 2-1A

Meade – OPEN
Meade became one of Class 2-1A’s most consistent programs under Scott Moshier. Moshier was recently announced as the new head coach at Wichita North. He spent 11 years as head coach at Meade.  He led Buffaloes to a 107-19 record including 2-1A state titles in 2010 and 2012.  Meade reached the playoffs in all of Moshier’s 11 seasons. Now the Buffs will look to continue that consistency after finishing 8-2 last season.

Sacred Heart – OPEN
Sacred Heart coach Bruce Graber announced his retirement after the 2016 season. The Knights battled injuries and finished just 3-6 last season. Since 2004, the Knights have posted an 81-52 overall record. Sacred Heart has reached the state playoffs in 14 of the past 16 seasons, but hasn’t advanced past the first round since 2012.

St. Mary’s Colgan – Shawn Seematter
Colgan has named Halstead Defensive Coordinator Shawn Seematter as their next head coach. Seematter, a Royal Valley graduate, has spent the past three seasons as Defensive Coordinator at Halstead alongside his high school coach, Jason Grider. In that time, the Dragons have posted a 31-6 record and reached the Class 3A state semifinals in 2014 and 2015. Seematter’s defenses have statistically been among the state’s best in points allowed giving up just 8.5 points per game during their 12-1 season in 2015.  By percentage Colgan is the winningest high school football program in state history and now the Panthers have found the sixth coach in the school’s history. Legendary coach Chuck Smith announced his retirement after 37 seasons and a 373-74 record at the school (376-80 overall). Smith led the Panthers to five of the schools’ seven state championships, including four consecutive from 2000-2003. The Panthers set a state-record with 66-straight wins during that run, later to be topped by Smith Center’s 79 consecutive wins. Smith was just the fifth coach in Colgan history and only the second coach since 1961. Colgan has posted a 607-147-8 overall record in the school’s history. 

Uniontown – OPEN
Former Uniontown All-Stater Chad Hays took over the Eagle football program last season, but resigned his position late last year. The Eagles finished just 2-7  in 2016 in their first season back at the 11-man level. The Eagles were 9-1 in 2015, but graduated a solid senior class that season. Last season, Uniontown played a lot of young players including freshman Andrew Reed who put up more than 1,600 yards of total offense. 

Class 8-Man, Division I

Rural Vista – OPEN
Long-time Hope and Rural Vista coach Jeff Hostetter announced his retirement after the 2016 season. Hostetter coached at Hope for 25 seasons and three more when Hope and White City combined to form Rural Vista. In all, Hostetter won 221 games, reached the state playoffs 21 times, reached five state title games, and won the 2003 state championship at Hope.

Southern Coffey County – OPEN
Korey Lankton spent the past six seasons as head coach at Southern Coffey County. Lankton posted a 15-40 record including a 4-6 mark and a playoff appearance in 2014.  Since 2004, the Titans are 52-70 with four playoff appearances.


Class 8-Man, Division II

Fowler – OPEN
Fowler snapped an 18-game losing streak with a 66-0 win over Deerfield on October 14th. Kraig Westhoff spent the past two seasons as the Fowler coach, but the Gold Bugs produced just a 1-17 overall mark. Since 2004, Fowler is 53-69 overall with four playoff appearances.

Moscow – OPEN
After one season at Moscow, Rees McKinney has moved on to take the head job at Colby. The Wildcats went 5-4 under McKinney last season.


6-Man Football

Natoma – OPEN
Earlier this month, Natoma’s Aaron Homburg resigned his position as principal and head football coach to take the Superintendent role at Marion. The Tigers moved to the new 6-Man football league this past fall, but struggled with roster numbers and finished 0-6.

 

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