Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chip Sherman to MO HOF

Congratulations to Olathe Northwest Ravens Football Coach Chip Sherman on his selection to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. 

Chip Sherman is in his fifth season as Raven's Head Coach and will be home facing the Free State Firebirds in a big week-6 match up in hopes of getting the Ravens to a 3-3 record and back to 500. 

Coach Chip Sherman is known for his incredible success with the Platte County Pirates, in which he lead the program for 20 years from 1988 to 2007 with a record of 191-37 all-time. This tenure culminated in a series of State Football titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, in which his son was also a member of the Pirates team. While this three year run took place, the Pirates themselves, won a record (at the time) 52 straight games dating from game #1 of the 2000 season to game #10 with a defeat of KC-Southeast High School. Unfortunately the Pirates fell to Chillicothe in week-11 of the MO playoffs and the winning streak ended. 

At the conclusion of the 2007 season, Chip Sherman retired from Platte County as perhaps one of the most iconic figures within the city itself just outside of the Kansas City limits. 

In 2008, the Salina South Cougars came calling from central Kansas, in hopes of reviving a Football program in need of some major repair. With an 8-3 record, Chip Sherman's Cougars accomplished what he set out to do. Although it was only a single season he stayed in Salina, his leadership on, and off the gridiron continued. Following his resignation from the Salina School District, Chip Sherman again applied for positions around the Kansas City metro area and a return to be closer to his family. 

For a school not known for High School Football (traditionally, a Tennis, Swim & Dive, Golf) dominate school, the SM East Lancers of Prairie Village, KS came calling. Athletic Director (former) Jim Ricker found himself in the midst of a Coaching change with John Stonner taking a position as an Assistant Coach for Tim Callaghan at nearby SM West. In the spring of 2009, Chip Sherman was announced as the 9th Head Coach in Lancer Football history. 

The next four years of SM East Football soon changed the face of everything Lancer Football it had not known in its previous four decades of poor gridiron play. From 2009 to 2012, the Lancers went 26-15 and accomplished many achievements together as a team and school. The 2010 season, the Football Lancers finished 8-2, and found themselves defeating the Free State Firebirds and SM West Vikings ending a 20 game losing streak that dated back to the 1993 season. This 8-2 season alone, changed the course of history for the current Lancers playing today. 

In this era of Lancer Football the Chip Sherman run came to an end with a loss to Olathe East in the first round of the 2012 season, and a third consecutive winning season. Also a first for the Lancers of Prairie Village, KS. Chip Sherman had accomplished a lot in this run, including, and most importantly a bout with non-hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer in which he was diagnosed with, all while teaching, and coaching every day. Fighting, and defeating this cancer is perhaps one of his greatest victories of all-time outside of the world of High School Football, and family. 

Following this legendary four year term with SM East, the Olathe Northwest Ravens found themselves in need of a Head Coach with the resignation of the only Head Coach the school has ever known Todd Dain. Coach (Principal of SM South) Todd Dain became an Administrator, the following school year, and Raven's AD Jay Novacek found Chip Sherman as the Ravens next leader. 

These days the fifth year Ravens Coach is making a difference in Ravens Football. The team itself as seen the play change for the better and he continues to make a difference in his student-athletes lives in his 30th year as a Head Coach. 

Congratulations from the Sunflower Football News Chip! 

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