Blue Springs South's Greg Oder retires

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By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: December 18, 2015 - 7:50 PM

There is a changing of the guard at Blue Springs South. Fresh off an undefeated state championship season Jaguars Head Coach announced his retirement today at the high school.

His announcement closes out one of the most successful head coaching runs in the Metro and state. He led the Jaguars as a head coach for 15 years amassing a 121-47 record that included four trips to the Class 6 state championship game and three state titles.

This year’s success came after two tough seasons for the Jaguars. Injuries plagued the program as it went 6-5 in 2013 and 5-6 last season. Oder said he was eligible to retire last season but felt the program still could accomplish good things this year.

“We (Oder and his wife) had talked about it last year,” Oder said. “We just didn’t think we wanted it to end because it’s just been frustrating with kids being hurt. So we decided to do one more year to make out the 30.

“It was kind of storybook, right? It was crazy.”

The veteran coach finished his career with a 148-55 mark as a head coach. He was led Plattsburg to a 26-8 mark from 1989-91 before leaving to become a member of Dave Ross’ staff when South opened in 1992. Oder has been on the sideline for every football game played at Blue Springs South since its opening and next year will be a new era in Jaguars football.

That era began shortly after Oder announced his retirement. Assistant coach Jon Oyler was named to succeed Oder. Oyler was a star for the Jaguars in his playing days and has been an assistant at South the last three seasons. Before that he was the defensive coordinator at Fort Osage, served a previous stint at South and was an assistant at St. Joseph Central for one season.

Oyler’s roots to the program are as deep as Oder’s. He was a freshman when the school opened its doors and starred on the Jaguars 1995 team that made it to the Class 5 state championship game before losing to Hazelwood East.

Oder said Oyler’s hiring will make a great transition for the program.

“I think there not being a gap in between head coach and new head coach and he knows all the kids and how the school is makes it much smoother when somebody on the staff takes over,” Oder said. “When I took over it was just continue on. When he takes over it will be the same way.

“You are not going to find somebody that is a bigger Jaguar. He played here, he was here when the school opened up. He played in the first state championship game. He played in the first game against Blue Springs. He did all of that as a player and now he has coached with us as well.”

This marks the fourth state championship coach in the Metro who was at his school when it opened to retire this year. Staley’s Fred Bouchard announced this would be his last year before the season while Lee’s Summit West’s Royce Boehm and Blue Valley West’s Scott Wright made their decisions known after the season.

Oder was one of the longest tenured coaches at his school of any in the Metro. Of Class 5 or 6 schools in the Metro only Blue Springs Kelly Donohoe and Rockhurst’s Tony Severino have been head coaches at their school’s longer than Oder. Donohoe got to Blue Springs one year before Oder took over at South and Severino has led the Hawklets since 1983.

Since Oder took over the Jaguars he and his staff have placed their program with Rockhurst and Blue Springs as the dominant Class 6 teams in Missouri. Since 2001 Blue Springs, Rockhurst and Blue Springs South have combined to win 10 of the Class 6 state titles. The three have combined to finish second three other times to dominate big class football in the state of Missouri.

This past season for South ranks as one of the best for any in that group. The Jaguars were a perfect 14-0 scoring at least 37 points in every postseason game. South knocked off defending champ CBC 37-28 to wrap up the title. The Cadets had been rolling the last two seasons riding a 27-game winning streak coming into the state championship.

No one can plan an undefeated season and a state title as the final game of his career but it worked out well for Oder and South. The question is always what is next but Oder said he hasn’t gotten that far.

“I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like,” Oder said. “I don’t know what I’ll be doing.”