Dustin Delaney steps down at SM East

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By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: November 13, 2017 - 3:16 PM

There is a big opening in the Sunflower League for next season. As was first reported by the Shawnee Mission Post Shawnee Mission East Head Coach Dustin Delaney told his team Monday morning he had resigned and would not return in 2018.

Delaney informed the Shawnee Mission School District Administration Aug. 31 he was stepping down. He said he had issues with how the district was handling situations related to students.

“I would say there were some things that I didn’t neccesarrily agree with and I’ll kind of leave it at that,” Delaney said. “I really enjoyed our time at Shawnee Mission East. We live right by the school. My daughters go to elementary schools that feed here and my wife teaches here. The Shawnee Mission East community is awesome. Our parents are awesome. Our building administrator Dr. (John) McKinney is a great guy and I love the kids in the community but there were just some things I couldn’t agree with and couldn’t be a part of. I tried to affect change and couldn’t do so it’s probably in the best interest that I move on.”

Delaney hit the ground running at East going 11-2 and advancing to the Kansas Class 6A state championship. The Lancers followed that with a run to the state championship the next season as Delaney would go 52-8 in his five years at the helm.

“We found out pretty quickly how awesome of kids we had,” Delaney said. “They jumped right in and bought in. That 2013 team was a special group of kids that set the tone for us to go 52-8 over the last five years and always be in contention or talked about as a team that had a chance to win a state championship.”