HOF Coach Profile: Ray-Pec's Bruce Young 6/6
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Coach Bruce Young brings over 40 years of football coaching experience in his career. The central Iowa native and four-year football lettermen at Northwest Missouri State University, Young spent 28 years as a head high school coach in Missouri.
He was elected to the Missouri High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 and during his career Young amassed nearly 200 wins.
At Norborne, Mo. his team of 20 players advanced to the semi-final game. At Young’s next stop at Marceline High School, they played in the first ever “Show Me Bowl” games played in St. Louis’ Busch stadium, where all five classes of teams came together for the state championships.
Young helped build the foundation for one of the most tradition rich high school programs in the KC Metro area at Ray-Pec. Tom Kruse, current head coach at Ray-Pec, was one of Young’s former players. Ryan Schartz the current Activities Director and former head football at Fort Osage, is also one of his former Ray-Pec players. Young believes he has over 100 former players and coaches still actively coaching football today.
While working with the Bill Maas Football camp in the late 80s and 90s, many Missouri and Kansas coaches came together to help with that camp and many a night’s discussions leaned toward starting a group to promote football in the Kansas City Metro area and with Maas’ help that became a reality.
While still at Ray-Pec and working that Bill Maas camp, Young was contacted to be part of a new KC football coaches organization being started in 1990, as an original board member.
Also in 1995, Ray-Pec and Blue Valley high school, played a two year football contest, that became one of the first state-line cross over games, Coach Steve Rampy was at Blue Valley and he and Coach Young, became life-long coaching friends.
Young served for 10 years with the GKCFCA, helping to start the first Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star game in 1992, establish clinic night at the monthly meetings and starting the GKCFCA Scholarship banquet and awards.
Long known for his “old school” coaching style, using hard work, fundamentals and playing with great intensity, Young has quickly gained the respect in the college coaching ranks. Assisting with recruiting efforts at current Baker University, Young has expanded their current reach into the Metro area and state of Missouri, because of his long association with the coaches.
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