Fort Osage named top staff by PrepsKC

Dion Clisso/PrepsKC

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: February 15, 2013 - 5:05 PM

Football is a sport that can be head coach driven. When a team wins or loses those stats go next to the head coach’s name. Sometimes they get too much credit while a lot of times they take too much blame.
In reality it takes a team of coaches for a program to be successful. Whether it is a small staff of four or five at a Class 1 school or more than a dozen at some of the bigger schools in the Metro, one man can’t do it alone.
With this idea in mind PrepsKC awarded its first “Coaching Staff of the Year” award at the first Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Clinic. The first recipient of the honor was the staff of Fort Osage led by Head Coach Ryan Schartz.
The staff helped the Indians finish the season 12-2 as they advanced to the Missouri Class 5 state championship game. Even though the team fell short of the ultimate prize, the coaching staff at Fort Osage led the team to the title game through a tough playoff run that included wins over defending champ Staley and a tough Ozark team that had knocked off undefeated and top ranked Lee’s Summit West in the quarterfinals.
The staff is a veteran group that has been pretty much intact for the last few seasons including a 2009 run to the Class 5 title game. The coaches are: Shartz, Lance Barrett, Jon Oyler, Rick Ammons, Brock Bult, Jeffery Sargent, Joel Mathews, Eric Holmes, Matthew Dunnigan , Josh Terhune, Todd Bissell, Jeff McMillan, Matt Showman and Richard Wood.
Barrett said it was an honor to receive an award as a staff.
“The key to success with high school football is when you can have a staff that can stick around and is knowledgeable as the guys I get to work with every day it makes a huge difference,” Barrett said.
“I’d also like to thank PrepsKC. I think this is a real cool award. Not very often do you get an award to the whole staff and that’s very cool.”
This year’s Indians team set several team records. Fort Osage’s defense was one of the best in the state earning seven shutouts to go with three other games where the opponent scored seven points or less. That shutout mark broke the previous mark of four set in both 1964 and 1984.
Fort Osage’s performance on the field made it an easy choice for the staff of PrepsKC for this first award.
“The Fort Osage coaching staff is a team on and off the field,” PrepsKC Managing Editor Dion Clisso said. “Less than a decade ago Fort Osage had a hard time finding success on the field but in a short amount of time this staff has turned the Indians into a state power.
“At PrepsKC we know that it takes an entire staff of coaches along with a dedicated group of young men for a team and program to be successful. There are stars in high school football but those stars don’t shine without hard work from the coaches and teammates around them.”