Monday, February 27, 2017

Blue Valley Tigers Coaching Vacancy

The Blue Valley Tigers Athletic Department, has announced the opening of the Head Coaching position. 

This Football position was opened due to the untimely death of the Head Football Coach and beloved alumni Eric Driskell. Coach Driskell was speaking with at a local KCFCA Conference while suffering an inoperable brain aneurysm. 

Coach Driskell leaves behind a great legacy with an overall record of 70-17 from 2010 to 2016. Throughout his playoff record, he amassed a record of 20-5 overall. 

Unlike any other program in Johnson County, the Blue Valley Tigers have been Coached by two Head Coaches in 32 seasons. In that time Six (6) State Titles have been won by the Tigers at the 5 and 6A level.

If you are interested in applying for the position:

Friday, February 17, 2017

BV Northwest Head Coaching Vacancy

The BV Northwest Huskies have announced the resignation of Mike Zegunis after 12 seasons at the helm. 

Under Zegunis, the Huskies amassed a record of 55-61 over 117 games, and a 2-7 playoff record. 

His 2009, and 2013 Huskies won District Titles wins over BV North in those seasons. 

The 2017 season will be the 24th Football season in the Huskies Football history. Their previous Head Coaches are Retired Athletic Director Steve Harms 1994-2000 (52-19), and Tenney Dewey 2001-2004 (23-14).

BV Northwest finished the 2016 with an Overall: 2-7, EKL 2-5 record overall and a week-9 loss in double-OT to the BV North Mustangs 39-36. 

For more information, you can apply at

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thank you Coach Eric Driskell

This week, the Blue Valley Tigers family, and the Kansas High School Football Coaching brotherhood lost one of its finest. 

For those of us who have been blessed to cross paths with Eric Driskell, it has certainly been an honor to call him one of my friends. 

I write this in a lot of pain today. My thoughts, and prayers go out to his family, and all of those that he has touched on and off the gridiron or the classroom where his affect has made the most on us. 

Having lost my father three years ago March 13, 2013, it is a day that I think of daily. These days I am more than thankful to the Doctors and RN's, and more who took care of him at KU Med before his untimely passing at 56 years old. 

Today, I have turned that pain in to a passion to carry out the good my Dad raised in me to the best of my abilities to others around me. Although we did not see eye to eye on many things, we had a common bond of music, and many more family things that are impossible to describe of at this time. 

Having been fortunate to meet Eric a couple years back, I was able to come up to the Blue Valley Weight room during the summer to make a proposal of sorts with the current status of Blue Valley and what the outlook for the future was. Needless to say, both of us would not have any idea what the Tigers would reel off in the two Football seasons that followed our meeting. We laughed, joked, had a few things in common with a past or present job at the time as well. We happened to know a few of the same folks in the Energy/Electrical field far outside of the classroom walls. 

It is no secret that in the hallways of Blue Valley High School, Eric Driskell was revered as confidant, leader, friend, and Coach to the students, faculty, and parents in the Blue Valley community. Having walked the halls himself as a student, and fellow alumni Athletic Director Matt Ortman guiding the Athletics ship, the Tigers tandem is nothing short of extraordinary. It was evident in my time working with Matt, and Eric while writing the Tigers Football history that they took a high interest in seeing what the overall history or outcome would look like. 

Throughout talking with both of them, and having access to the office to work on my research, the intrigue of seeing what they both had built as student-athletes, and now as Educators themselves brought out a passion and pride of their school I had not seen in many other areas of the city. 

Today is one of those days I would reach out to all of you to appreciate those we have around us. 

I left Blue Valley High School that summer afternoon (weeks before school even opened) for the new school year with a smile on my face. A friendship was made, an appreciation of each other's crafts was gained, and a pride of us both having a love for our specific High Schools in one way or another reached it's max in our time together talking about life, Football, friends, and family. 

To you, the Blue Valley Tigers, carry on the legend of Eric Driskell within yourself when you are asked what school you went to long after college. His ability to make an impact on your life will not be forgotten. 

In closing, my thoughts and prayers go out to Eric's wife, children, and the rest of his family as they are going through this rough time in their lives. The support you have around you will never stray, as if you need anything like getting the lawn mowed, or needing some one to talk to when you are down, your loved ones will be there for you in ways you will never imagine.  

Thank you Coach! 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Golden Bear Resignation - Sunflower Football Alumni

Golden Bears

Today the Turner Golden Bears of Turner USD #202 announced the hiring of Assistant Coach Julian Parks to the promotion of Head Coach replacing Jeremy Milne. 

Jeremy Milne began his Football career as an Olathe North Eagles Quarterback, and was part of the first three-peat State Championship run led by former Head Coach Gene Weir. 

Prior to becoming the Turner Head Coach beginning in the 2012 season, his Coaching lineage takes him from the SM West Vikings (Tim Callaghan) , Avila Eagles (MO), Lawrence Chesty Lions (Dirk Wedd), Richland Rebels (TX) and Blue Valley North.

Throughout the course of his five years with the Turner Golden Bears, Jeremy Milne amassed a record of 17-29 overall, 10-22 Kaw Valley, and 0-1 in the 5A playoffs falling to Topeka Seaman in week-9 of this past 2016 season. 

On or off the radar, there are many Sunflower High School sports alumni who are either Head Coaches, or Assistants in Fall, Winter, and Spring sports in the KCAL, and Kaw Valley Leagues. 

FL Schlagle High School
* Head Woman's Basketball Coach - Mark Western (SM North) 
* Head Men's Basketball Coach - Prentes Potts (SM North, former Turner Men's Basketball Coach)

Turner High School
* Head Men's Basketball Coach - Ryan Hintz (SM East, former SM East & BV North AC)   

Monday, February 6, 2017

Olathe West Football is building!

In recent days, the OW Owls and School District announced recent additions to the building faculty.

Joining TJ O'Neill are Dee Bell, Greg Morgan, Tyler Rodden, and Mike McLaughlin (Olathe Northwest faculty) all entering their first year with the Owls Football program.

Coach Dee Bell (Owls T&F Head Coach) is a former standout for the OE Hawks Football program is a 2006 alumni. Coach Bell, played for Bill Snyder at K-State after the conclusion of his Hawks career.

Greg Morgan, an original member of the Ravens faculty with Principal Jay Novacek, and AD Pat Butler, will open his second Olathe High School and bring his wealth of Football knowledge to the Owls program. Prior to opening Olathe Northwest, he was also on staff at Olathe South.

Mike McLaughlin, a 10-year member of the faculty and Ravens Coaching staff will also join the Owls. Coach McLaughlin also has spent time with Olathe South, and working on the Missouri side as well at Jefferson City High School.

Entering his first year as well on the Staff will also be Tyler Rodden. Tyler Rodden is an alumni of Olathe Northwest, having both played there under former Head Coach Todd Dain as the school itself was still in it's very early stages within the Sunflower League. Coach Rodden has spent this past year learning the ropes in his first and only year at SM South as a Football AC, and Head Wrestling Coach. He will also lead the Owls in Winter wrestling.

Last but not least, Kraig Goerl of Lansing High School. After nine seasons as part of the Lions staff with former Olathe North Head Coach John McCall for the last three seasons. Future Owls, there is a great chance you will see a lot of Coach Goerl training you inside the Weighs Room in the months to come and pre-season/Fall conditiong.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sunflower Signing Day 2017 (Updated 2/5/2017)

Congrats to all of the Sunflower League Student-athletes continuing their Football careers!

Student-Athlete-High School-Height-Weight-College of Choice 

Kansas nabbed two SFL players from
its hometown of Lawrence
Crittenden, Dallas Free State 5'11 185 QB William Jewel
Dineen, Jay Free State 6'2 225 LB Kansas
Houk, Chase Free State 6'2 260 OL Baker
Sanders, Zack Free State 6'0 180 DB Missouri State
Wise, Drew Free State 6'2 230 LS Mizzou

Brungardt, Cole Lawrence 6'5 200 K/P Kansas *
Buffalomeat, Kobe Lawrence 6'7 285 OL Illinois State
Moore, Trey Lawrence 5'10 185 ATH Emporia State
Unruh, Jacob Lawrence 6'2 230 DB Fort Hays State

Adger, Tre Olathe South 6'3 195 TE Benedictine
Reed, Oakley Olathe South 6'1 180 DB Garden City CC

Boyd, Jonya Olathe North 5'10 205 HB Coffeyville
Illinois State got another commitment
out of the league in the form
of Kobe Buffalomeat

Vanderslice, Matt Olathe NW 6'8 240 TE Northern Iowa
Boschma, David Olathe NW -- -- K Central College
Baiza, Jamison Olathe NW 6'0 165 DB Evangel
Kaminsky, Conrad Olathe NW 6'1 248 Benedictine
Patterson, Hunter Olathe NW 6'1 180 DB Missouri Western

Watson, Israel SM West 6'3 200 WR Butler CC
Meeker, Jason SM West 6'0 190 RB Baker

Willis, Claron SM South 5'10 170 WR Mid-America Nazarene

Thompson, Trevor SM East 6'2 200 DB Colgate
Ball, Calvin SM East 6'1 245 DL Baker

Stokes, Baqurious SM Northwest 5'10 150 DB  Garden City CC
Killingsworth, Preston SM Northwest 6'1 190 K/P Sterling

Presler, Danny SM North 6'2 280 OL William Jewell
Schneider, Will SM North 6'3 200 QB William Jewell

Breakdown of High School Signings (as follows):
LAW (4)
LFS (5)
LVP (0)
OEH (0)
ONE (1)
ONW (5)
OSF (2)
SME (2)
SMN (2)
SNW (2)
SMS (1)
SMW (2)

SM West Retirement - Don Perkins

Retirement of SMSD #512 Athletic Director

Congratulations to Don Perkins who will be retiring from SM West as only their second Athletic Director in the history of the school. 

Don Perkins took over for retiring Harvey "Nip" Shepard at the conclusion of the 2005-06 school year. 

Don Perkins came to SM West from Olathe South where he opened the school in 1981 and led the Falcons Baseball program from its inception. These days his son Josh Perkins now leads the Falcons Baseball team. 

Prior to opening Olathe South in 1981, Don was at Sante Fe Middle School in the early 1970's. By 1976, he came on staff to join the Olathe Eagles and Bud Wheeler's Football staff. Coach Wheeler himself was at that time already building a Coaching tree of future Head Coaches that find their own former Student-athletes now in the High School teaching/coaching ranks within the Johnson County area and more. 

In his time at SM West, the Vikings have won 6A Football, and Woman's Soccer State Titles under Tim Callaghan, and alumni/W Soccer Coach Sarah Gonzalez 

Congrats to Don Perkins again on a great career in Education, and as Athletic Director. The SMSD #512 and all of the Sunflower League will be missed with your contributions and time invested in giving back to the student-athletes of many generations. 

To our viewers across the state who are in the education field, if you are interested in becoming SM West Athletic Director, you can apply at:

National Signing Day USA

Throughout the course of today, High School Student-athletes of all sports will be signing their Letters of Intent to continue to play a sport as they begin their college careers.

At the conclusion of today, and the rest of the week, Sunflower Football News will have a listing of all Sunflower League Football Senior's listing of where they will play Football or another sport.

Congratulations to all of the Senior's from the Sunflower Football News on your great four years of contributing to the Football programs here in Johnson, Douglas, and Leavenworth counties.

We look forward to watching you excel on to the next level on and off the field as you take that next step in life.

Stay committed to your hard work to your class work and your new program the College Recruiters/Coaches have given to you away from their families. We look forward to seeing you all graduate this Spring. Take care of yourself, and make the most of this one time opportunity given to you.

Congrats to everyone in the Sunflower League today!