Coach Profile: LS North's Ty Kohl 3/29
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Lee’s Summit North’s Ty Kohl may only be in his second year as a head coach, but he is a veteran high school assistant.
Kohl came to North in 2009 after spending 14 years as an assistant at Blue Springs South. During that time Kohl was part of a staff that went to the playoffs multiple times, advanced to the state title game three times and won a Class 6 state title in 2006.
The opportunity for a head coaching position came available at North when veteran coach Harold Wambsgans retired after the 2008 season. Wambsgans was the only coach the Broncos had ever known. He opened the school in 1994 and led North to its only playoff appearance in 2008.
Kohl came over and tried to bring his philosophy of success on and off the field to the Broncos’ program.
“My coaching philosophy is to win in the classroom and on the field,” Kohl said. “For me, we focus on developing young men that are prepared academically, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I believe all of these aspects play a major factor in the development of our athletes in preparing them for the future.”
In the first two seasons under Kohl the Broncos went 3-7 and then 5-5. North showed improvement in 2010 with big wins over Liberty and Blue Springs South. In fact, Kohl is 2-0 against South and his former mentor Greg Oder. Kohl sites Oder and former Blue Springs South coach Buddy Young as two big influences on his coaching.
“The two coaches that influenced me the most were Buddy Young and Greg Oder at Blue Springs South,” Kohl said. “Both coaches had very different styles of coaching but I was able to take so much from each of those coaches that have impacted me as a person as well as a football coach today.”
Even though the wins and losses are what most coaches are remembered for, Kohl said the rewarding part of coaching is to see the growth his players make as people.
“The most rewarding thing to me is having players come back in five or 10 years and to see how they developed into outstanding young men and to listen to them and their current experiences and successes,” Kohl said. “When a player comes back just to say hi it speaks volumes of your program.”
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