Eric Driskell passes away at 43

Nick Smith/PrepsKC

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: February 15, 2017 - 9:05 PM



Blue Valley Head Football Coach Eric Driskell passed away Wednesday afternoon. He suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm Sunday evening while attending a board meeting of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association.

Driskell suffered a medical incident shortly after the meeting began. His fellow board members quickly began CPR and continued until police and EMT’s arrived a short time later. He was taken to Menorah Medical Center before being moved to Research.

He passed away surrounded by family and friends after he was taken off life support.

Driskell is a giant in the Kansas City high school community even though he had only been a head coach for seven years. He was a player at Blue Valley and a member of the school’s first Kansas Class 5A state championship in 1991.

After graduating high school he attended Baker University where he also played football. After college he returned to Blue Valley where he began his teaching and coaching career. He was named Blue Valley’s head football coach in February 2010 after the retirement of longtime coach Steve Rampy.

Blue Valley was already one of the top football programs in the Metro and that only grew under Driskell’s leadership. He led the program to a 5A state title in his first year and again in 2013. The program moved up to Class 6A in 2014 and didn’t miss a beat advancing to the quarterfinal round in that first year before going to the last two 6A title games where the Tigers would fall to Derby.

He was a leader in his profession coaching boys track as well as football. He served on the board of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association as well as performing countless other functions in the community.

He is survived by a wife Kari and daughters Rachel and Laurel.