Park Hill hires Staley assistant Josh Hood

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: February 21, 2013 - 1:56 PM

The search for a new coach at Park Hill has ended. Staley assistant coach Josh Hood has been hired to replace Greg Reynolds who stepped down after the football season.
Hood was hired after a very competitive hiring process. The Trojans have been one of the most successful programs in the last decade winning a Missouri Class 5 state title in 2003 along with four semifinal appearances and 10 district titles.
Park Hill Activities Director Bill Sobbe said Hood had the experience and enthusiasm the program was looking for.
“I think the changes that we need to make to continue our successful run and build on what coach Reynolds built he can provide those things,” Sobbe said. “It’s going to be a good mix to change some things that we’ve done well and perhaps add some things that we can do a little different.”
This will be Hood’s first head football coaching position but he has been coaching football, baseball and basketball since starting his career in 2000. He has had stops at Concordia, William Chrisman, Holden, Oak Park and Staley. He has been an assistant under such stand out coaches as Chuck Lliteras, Keith Ross and Fred Bouchard. Most recently he served as the special teams’ coordinator, defensive backs coach and director of football operations for the Falcons.
Hood said he has learned a lot in his time as an assistant coach and is excited about the challenge and possibilities at Park Hill.
“When I saw that open it was a school of great size enrollment, a big school in the Kansas City area with a rich tradition of not only success but of great coaching and leadership,” Hood said. “Not just on the football field but on the building level at the district level and on the football field. When I saw with the kids they have and the success they have had in the past. When I had the opportunity to do that and jump to a great size school as a first year head coach this was a great opportunity that I had no chance of passing up.”
The Trojans finished last year 3-7 but the history and tradition are strong at Park Hill. Hood also comes from the strong tradition that was established in a short time at Staley. The Falcons have made the playoffs all five seasons winning the Missouri Class 5 state title in 2011.
Hood’s experience at Staley has prepared him to lead a program at a high level.
“With my time with Coach Bouchard he’s has been huge in this process as far as showing me the ropes and helping me out,” Hood said. “He has welcomed me into the head coaching fraternity with open arms. He’s taught me all kinds of things about attention to detail and he allowed me to do a lot of things in his program that made me feel that I was ready to be a head coach. I can’t thank him enough for the things he has done for me and will do in the future.”