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HOF Coach Profile: Grain Valley's Forrest Rovello 7/10Photo Credit: Rovello

The Kansas City native spent four decades involved in high school football in the Metro.

Rovello began his coaching career at Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Mo. as an assistant in 1983 before becoming the head coach in 1989. The next year he moved to Southwest High School in Kansas City where he was the defensive coordinator.

In 1993 he took over a Grain Valley program that had struggled to find wins for almost a decade. He would build the Eagles into a consistent winner going 133-64 in 18 seasons. Over that span Grain Valley would win nine conference titles, make eight playoff appearances and three trips to the state semifinals in two different classes. Rapid growth at the school meant the Eagles would grow from Class 2 in 2000 to Class 4 by 2009 and Grain Valley made the playoffs five times during that time.

Rovello has been named The Examiner Coach of the Year three times, the KMZU coach of the Year and the Kansas City Chiefs Coach of the Week three times.

He finished his career as an assistant at St. Mary’s and Lone Jack before retiring in 2012. He currently resides in Blue Springs.