Coach Profile: Leavenworth's Mark Littrell 2/5

Mark Littrell

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: February 17, 2015 - 11:56 AM

Last season Leavenworth made a historic run to the Kansas Class 5A quarterfinals. The program has made steady improvement the last few years since Mark Littrell took over the program two seasons ago.

Littrell is a name that is very familiar to fans of high school football in the Metro. He led Olathe South for 10 years before heading to Texas to coach with former Olathe North coach Gene Wier. Littrell returned in 2014 to take over Leavenworth and had the Pioneers two wins from playing for a state championship.

In his time as a head coach Littrell has amassed an impressive 80-44 record including three trips to the Class 6A state championship game while at Olathe South.

Littrell said his former coaches had a huge impact on his chosen profession.

“My high school and college coaches had a tremendous impact on me becoming a coach,” Littrell said. “They made me realize that I could accomplish things if I really set my mind to it and developed a great work ethic.”

Coaching has been Littrell’s profession for almost three decades and the benefits of the job are still there every day.

“I love building lasting relationships with the players that I have coached,” Littrell said. “It is great to run in to former players and then to look back and talk about the past.

“Every day is a chance to teach. Do the little things right and do them with great effort-winning will take care of itself.”