Coach Profile: Ottawa coach Rob Hedrick 8/5
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Last season a new man took the helm of the Ottawa program. Rob Hedrick moved from assistant coach to head coach and the cyclones enjoyed their first winning season in almost a decade.
The Cyclones would go 5-4 in the regular season before falling to Spring Hill in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. It was a big step forward for the program that expects more success this season.
For Hedrick the chance to be a head coach came after a time of being well seasoned as an assistant coach. He has spent time at Highland Community College, Columbus, Kan., Central Heights and spent the last eight seasons at Ottawa.
The Baker graduate said he has learned a lot from all of his coaches that helped shape him into the coach and educator he is today.
“Every coach I've ever played for and coached with has influenced me,” Hedrick said. “It sounds like a cliché but they really have. Good or bad I've learned something from all of them.
“However, the most influential would certainly be Coach Charlie Richards from my Baker days. Coach Richards was the best. The way he prepared, the way he treated people, he was one in ten million. I'm very thankful and fortunate to have played for him.”
Coaching is truly a passion for Hedrick and not just a job.
“There are so many reasons why I love coaching,” Hedrick said. “The challenge of preparing for competition, trying to influence young people in a positive way, the smell of the grass, I love it all. If I could change something it would be allowing spring ball in Kansas and an increase in my football budget!”
There are a lot of positive lessons that football can teach. Hedrick tries to keep his lessons simple.
“My coaching philosophy is to do things the right way and to respect the game and those who play it,” Hedrick said.
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