Coach Profile: SM West's Tim Callaghan 6/21
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Success has followed Tim Callaghan throughout his coaching career. The Shawnee Mission West coach began his career more than 20 years ago and has seen his team’s win as both an assistant and head coach.
As the Vikings head coach enters his 13th season he has become one of the more respected coaches in the Kansas City Metro.
Callaghan has been around the Metro as a player at Bishop Ward, an assistant coach at Washington and Olathe North and for the last 12 seasons as the head coach at Shawnee Mission West. As an assistant under Gene Weir at Olathe North he was a part of multiple state championship teams.
He carried that success over to West where in just his fourth year led the Vikings to a state championship game in 2006. Since then they have been to the playoffs three more times and earned a part of the Sunflower League title in 2010. In 2012 his Vikings earned the ultimate achievement winning the Kansas Class 6A state title with a stunning win over powerhouse Hutchinson.
Callaghan said he has learned a little bit from every coach he played for and coached with in his time that has helped him be successful as a head coach.
“I had four coaches in college and that was a tremendous help,” Callaghan said. “Steve Harms was probably my first mentor at Washington High School and I learned a lot of organizational stuff with him. Then I went to North with Gene and I learned a lot about dealing with people and winning, game-planning and more x’s and o’s from him than anyone else.”
When Callaghan came to West he wanted his team to have an identity it could grow from year to year. Along the way the Vikings have become a consistent winner in the Sunflower league qualifying for the playoffs five times in the last eight seasons under Callaghan.
“We want to be tough, we’re Vikings and we want to be tough,” Callaghan said. “That’s a saying we have. We want to be tough and physical. Our style of play sometimes may seem boring but that sets the tempo of what we want to accomplish.”
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