HOF Coach Profile: De LaSalle's Jerry Culver 2/28

Jerry Culver

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: March 7, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Culver coached for several decades at several schools in the Metro. He led the very successful De LaSalle program in the 1950s and 60s and was the head coach at Rockhurst and Center.

During his time at De LaSalle the program was legendary for beating power schools like Rockhurst, North Kansas City, Raytown, Bishop Ward, Westport and Bishop Miege. De LaSalle took on all comers in an era where there were no state championships to win. Culver finished with a 59-27-2 record at De LaSalle going undefeated in 1965. That season De LaSalle was rated the No. 1 team in Kansas City and the state of Missouri.

Culver coached at Rockhurst from 1976-1982 where he finished with a 63-16 record that included a Missouri Class 4A state championship in 1981 and a Class 5A second-place finish in 1982.

He next went to Bishop Ward and in his final year there led the Cyclones to an 8-1 mark and a KCK League Championship.

Culver’s final stop was Center where he was head football coach and athletic director from 1986-91.

During his time as a head coach he was instrumental in starting 7-on-7 summer football in the Metro. He was also very active with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Culver was also one of the first coaches inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Culver was married to his wife Barbara for more than 60 years. He passed away Jan. 23, 2017 at the age of 82.