Coach Profile: Lansing asst. Kyle Deere 1/17
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Lansing has been one of the more successful programs in the Kaw Valley League the last few seasons and one of the reasons is a strong coaching staff led by Head Coach Bill Pekarek.
The Lions have gone to the playoffs the last two seasons and went 8-1 in the regular season in 2010 including a district championship along the way. One of the assistants on Pekarek’s staff is Kyle Deere.
Deere has been around football all of his life. He grew up in Sabetha, Kan., and played football there before attending Highland Community College and then Missouri Western State University.
He said he has always wanted to be around the game.
“I always knew I wanted to be involved with the game of football early on,” Deere said. “I loved the camaraderie of the game. I was a high school and college football official prior to getting involved with coaching at the high School level.”
Having the unique perspective of being both an official and a coach helps him teach and coach the players to be their best. Deere said football offers young men several opportunities to grow.
“Football correlates to life in all aspects,” Deere said. “It teaches young men to persevere when things don't seem to be going the way that you planned. It teaches all of us how to work together as a team for a common goal.
“As I heard a coach mention one time at a clinic, ‘the young men you surround yourself with are going to be men a lot longer than they will be football players.’ I really took that to heart and try my best to make sure our players see the correlation between life and football, and the lessons you learn on the field can be used during their lifetime.”
Deere also tries to be a good assistant and work together with his fellow coaches.
“The role of a good assistant coach is to first and foremost to be supportive of the head coach on and off the field. This includes being able to communicate openly and honestly with all the staff and players. Also to carry out the assignments and roles assigned by the head coach to the best of your ability. A good assistant coach sees something that needs to be corrected, and or addressed, and doesn't hesitate in taking the lead on such issues.
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