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By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: January 4, 2013 - 10:13 AM

It’s a new year and this is usually the spot for the usual resolution column. Well maybe that just seems a bit tired or I am just too lazy to come up with some either way it’s a good time to do something different to start the year.
Doing something different is kind of a theme this week as one of the open coaching positions was filled in a different way. Truman reached across the state line and grabbed Eudora coach Gregg Webb to be its next head coach.
The Patriots success in football has been spotty at best since the school opened in the 1964 and this is the first outside the box hiring in the Independence school district in more than a decade.
When I say outside the box I mean not hiring from within or hiring from another local school. The history of Truman football has seen many hard working, smart football coaches who have not been able to succeed. As the Patriots enter the 50th season of football there has only been two district titles in the history of the school to go with two other playoff appearances before the 2012 season.
Success at the other Independence schools mirrors Truman to a certain extent. William Chrisman has had a little more success but sustained winning has been hard to come by. Van Horn is new to the district and made it to the playoffs in 2011 but the Falcons are almost like a brand new school.
The question now for Truman and Independence in general is what comes next. They have hired a coach with a winning resume, in fact it is a better resume than any coach in the district in the last 20 years. What happens now? Will there be more assistant coaches? Will weight room facilities be improved at all schools?
Those are the questions that will be answered in the coming years. Other districts routinely do what it takes to be successful both on and off the field. Hiring the right people and giving them what they need to get the job done is the recipe that works time and again.
At the same time hiring the right people and continuing to do the same thing over and over is a recipe that also works, just in a different direction.
It’s a good first move by Independence to make Truman into a competitive football program. Every journey starts with the first step but it is what comes after that makes the difference.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send email to