After Further Review: Cole Young 7/13

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: July 25, 2016 - 3:41 PM

The start of the 2016 season is still several weeks away, but already it feels like things are going to be different, especially on the Missouri side of the city.

In addition to the season starting in what seems like the middle of the summer, there will be a huge group of new faces on the sidelines. Coaches come and go each season, that’s the nature of the sport. However, looking back at the last decade plus of high school football it would be hard to find an offseason with more big names leaving the sidelines for retirement or administration.

If you made a list of the top programs in the city, Staley, Lee’s Summit West, Blue Springs South and Fort Osage are all in the top 10. All four will have new head coaches on the sideline. Of course, I use the term “new” loosely. Each of these new coaches has put in their time as a coordinator and fits into the “longtime assistant” category.

That’s an obvious change, but it can work. Look no further than Adam Dorrel at Northwest Missouri State, who has risen from offensive coordinator to two-time national champion. A good coach can take over controls of a program with a strong foundation and build on it.

The four programs mentioned all fall into programs that are in good shape. None of the departing coaches in these programs departed because of wins and losses.

That certainly makes the transition a little bit easier for new guys in charge. Then again there’s also a different level of expectations for a coach who is taking over a program that has been in the state title game the previous year.

As we head into the 2016 season it will be fun to see which of the new coaches at these programs and others put their individual stamps on programs and start their own legacies.