Coach Profile: North Kansas City's Leon Douglas 1/23
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The last few seasons North Kansas City has made some noise in the Metro. The last two seasons the Hornets have gone 5-6 each time advancing to the second round of the Class 5 postseason.
This is the third year Leon Douglas has been the head coach and the program has seen steady improvement during his time as head coach.
This is the first head coaching position in Douglas’ career. He was an assistant at North Kansas City when he got the top spot and before that was an assistant coach at South Dakota State where he played college football. Before his time in college Douglas played at Lincoln Prep.
Along the way Douglas said he has learned a lot from the men who have coached him and coached with.
“I’ve been very fortunate to be around some great men who also coached football,” Douglas said. “They have been very influential in my development not only in coaching, but also my personal life.
“Early on in my playing career I was fortunate to play for Jimmy Warren (youth) and Derek Jordan (high school). These two taught me how to compete and to challenge myself to be better than my surroundings. In college I was influenced by Jerry Partridge and Jay Bubak, these two taught me X’s and O’s of football. I began coaching career under Coach Bubak at South Dakota State University.”
Douglas said the opportunity to teach young men about the sport of football and other life lessons is what he loves about his profession.
“I love being able to make a difference with the next generation,” Douglas said. “Football is a great game that teaches and reveals so many elements of character. Coaching is teaching. The teaching of the sport allows you to teach elements of life that are not taught in the classroom.
“I wouldn’t change anything about coaching. I believe the broad nature of coaching is what makes each coach unique.”
While coaches are graded on wins and losses there are other lessons that Douglas said he tries to give his players.
“I believe in operating a football program that is edifying to the student athlete and equips them with experiences that allow them to be productive citizens,” Douglas said.
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