Coach Profile: Lansing's Bill Pekarek 1/10

Bill Pekarek

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: January 10, 2011 - 11:06 AM

It was a turnaround season this year at Lansing. The Lions rebounded from a two-win campaign in 2009 to go 8-1, win their district and advance to the Class 5 playoffs.

Even though Lansing came up short it was a good season for coach Bill Pekarek and his staff. The veteran coach has been at Lansing for 16 years and the last 10 as the head coach. He has also been a head coach at Kinsley and Larned Kansas before coming to Lansing.

In his long tenure as a football coach he has seen a little of everything from the wishbone, to the veer to the wide open spread formations a lot of teams use today.

“I’ve seen a lot of different styles over the years,” Pekarek said. “When I first started everyone there was a lot of wishbone option. Even my teams ran that. I love the option and went split back veer for a long time. There are a few teams out there like that now like Holton but you don’t see much of it.”

These days a lot of teams run the spread and even some that run the wildcat much like a lot of teams in the college and pro ranks. Lansing did a little of that this season when they used standout receiver Parker Gibson into the Wildcat as the Lions offense became even more dynamic as the season went on.

“I had an assistant coach who wanted to do that early in the season,” Pekarek said. “He finally convinced me to do it and it really opened up our offense. We probably scored 15 to 20 more points a game from that point on.”