Monday, January 22, 2018

BREAKING: Lancers hire Fred Bouchard

Lancers Hire Five Time MO State Football Champion & Administrator


The SM East Lancers of Prairie Village, KS have announced the hiring of Fred Bouchard per Athletic Director Debbie Katzfey and the SMSD #512. 

Fred Bouchard comes to SM East from the North Kansas City School District, and is the 11th Head Coach in school history, this hiring into the SFL is the 92nd in all of Sunflower League history, completing a series of hires after a record five (5) Head Coaching changes, and massive turnover within the league. 

For those of you that know Coach Fred Bouchard, he made his mark fast, and quickly, only two years in with the Harrisonville Wildcats of the West Central League. In only his second season the Wildcats completed a 14-0 run which is their first of four (4) State Titles won in Bouchard's six year tenure. From 2005 to 2007 they finished 41-1 at 13-1, 14-0, and 14-0 prior to resigning. 

Although his six years was a stint to some Head Coaches, it felt like an eternity to the Wildcats opponents as he finished with a record of 75W-6L, and a 19W-2L playoff record. Those accomplishments by his student-athletes had never been reached by any of his Wildcat predecessors. 

2008 started a new chapter in Fred Bouchard's coaching legacy, which yet to be written came in the form of the Staley Falcons. 

From day one, his impact leaving the West Central, to a new league in the historic Kansas City MO-Suburban League went off without a hitch. In his eight (8) year tenure, and from the first season of play, the Falcons were in the playoffs each season under his guidance. His 2011 Falcons went on to finish 14-0 and win a State Football Title for a school only four years old. The eight seasons in charge took Fred's record to 78W-19L from 2008 to 2015 before resigning, and taking a position within the NKCSD. The Falcons thrived as well in all playoff games with a 15W-7L record in 22 games. 

Coming out of a sideline retirement after only 24 months, Fred Bouchard will now do something many of his recent counterpart Suburban League colleges have done in moving to the Sunflower and EKL to make a new difference. Fred Bouchard joins a host of others including SM East' own Debbie Katezfey, who was a Coach and AD for both Lee's Summit North and West before coming to SM East in 2016. 

Congratulations to Fred Bouchard and his family and welcome to the SM East community and the SFL 2018 season. Best of luck to the Lancers. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lancers Delaney to Eaglecrest CO

The Flexbone Offense is en route to Colorado

Entering the 2018 Football season, the former SM East Lancers Football Coach Dustin Delaney will join the Eaglecrest Raptors in Colorado. 

He will be taking with him, his Flexbone offense, and will begin a new start with a host of student-athletes who will, and in time learn a lot about the game of Football and life from him. 

Dustin Delaney's impact on his current and former Lancers, and Spartans student-athletes will be missed in his tenure of Coaching in the large class of 5 and 6A Kansas High School Football. 

Although his Lancers fell short of their team expectations for the 2017 season, the spark he provided Prairie Village, KS from 2013 to 2017 will be felt for years to come. 

For a downtrodden program in the 70's 80's 90's and much of the 00's the Lancers seemed destined to achieve their 2-7, 3-6, and a handful of 4-5 or 5-4 seasons most of us have been used to for years. This current stretch from 2010 to 2017 with a combination of Chip Sherman and Dustin Delaney have provided Lancer Football fans an overall record of 74W-17L in 91 Games Coached. Those numbers alone had never previously been achieved in the four decade of Football prior. 

This five (5) year tenure, also included a 13W-4L playoff record, and a domination against the Olathe North Eagles Football team that had never been accomplished by past Lancer Head Coaches. 

An 11-2 season in 2013 brought Prairie Village, KS by surprise and although the Lancers fell to the Derby Panthers a lot was learned by the team and the school as it had possibly found a niche in the Football talks across the state of Kansas. In 2014, those Lancers were driven to accomplish a goal of a 6A State Football Title which was brought home to 7500 Mission Road after 56 years of work to make it happen. 

The team as a whole accomplished more than it could have ever dreamed in this era of the SMSD #512 Football history. 

Dustin Delaney's 52-8 record in 60 games coached, ranks him #21 of the top #25 Football Coaches in the history of the Sunflower League from 1954 to 2017. He only trails Arch Unruh (SM East 1959-1971-13 seasons) at 54-48-5 in all standings measured of the 92 Football Coaches. 

Congratulations to the Eaglecrest Raptors, as they can only build on what Dustin Delaney's Lancers achieved under his guidance. 

Below is a rundown of Dustin Delaney's - Kansas 5-6A Coaching Career

Emporia Spartans (23-10)
2010 - 7-4 - Lost to the Hutchinson SaltHawks and current STA Saints HC Randy Dreiling
2011 - 7-4 - Lost to W-Bishop Carroll
2012 - 9-2 - Lost to Salina South

SM East Lancers (52-8)  
2013 - 11-2 - Lost to the Derby Panthers in first ever 6A Football Final
2014 - 13-0 - 6A State Football Champions defeating (new G-E HC) Ryan Cornelson's Hutchinson SaltHawks who fell to 8-5 
2015 - 9-2 - Lost to Olathe North at ODAC in week-11
2016 - 10-2 - Lost to the BV Tigers, and Eric Driskell in the 6A Sub-State Final
2017 - 9-2 - Lost to eventual 6A State Football Champions BV North Mustangs (9-4)

Eaglecrest Raptors (0-0+)
2018 - 0-0

Thank you for your great work with the SM East Lancers, and best of luck in future endeavors with the Raptors Football team! 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BREAKING: Ravens hire Frontenac KS native

Raven's Hire: Aaron Hafner of Luther College, IA D-III

The Olathe Northwest Ravens hire Aaron Hafner, formerly of Luther College, of the NCAA D-III of Decorah, IA. 

Aaron Hafner, is a Pittsburg State alumni '97, and has spent the previous five (5) years roaming the collegiate sidelines. Prior to attending Pittburg State, he was a standout Football player for the Frontenac Raiders in the early 90's. 

In his time with the Luther Norse, he compiled a 20W-30L in 50 GC-400 W%. In his first season alone, in 2013, the Norse began to rebuild their program from a 0-10 record to 2-8. Progression of the team became evident of his good work after his third season on the job. All games took place in the IIAC (Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.) Prior to coming to Luthor he also held a position Assisting his brother Todd Hafner who is in his 14th year as Head Coach at William Penn.  

Coming to Olathe Northwest, he will bring additional Coaching experience at the High School level with him. From 1998 to 2001 he was an Assistant Coach with the Webb City MO Cardinals, and part of the 2000 Class 4A Championship team. In 2002, he was appointed Head Coach for Francis Howell Central of STL, and then Republic High School MO from 2003 to 2006. 

This will be a fresh start for the Ravens entering the 2018 season. At this time, it will be hard to determine what will take place in the upcoming Fall season. One big question, will, and if, the Olathe Owls knock off the Ravens.   

Luther Norse/IIAC (20-30, 12-24) 
2013 - 2-8, 1-6
2014 - 5-5, 2-5
2015 - 4-6, 2-5
2016 - 5-5, 2-5
2017 - 6-4, 5-3
Olathe Northwest (0-0, 0-0)
2018 - 0-0, 0-0

Congrats to Coach Aaron Hafter and the Ravens as we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BREAKING: Trailblazers hire Cornelson

Trailblazers Hire: Coach Ryan Cornelson of the Hutchinson SaltHawks

The Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers hire former Hutchinson SaltHawks Football Coach Ryan Cornelson

Per Dan Page @KWCHDan  Ryan Cornelson will be taking over for the retiring Marvin Diener who has led Gardner-Edgerton since 2006. 

In Ryan Cornelson's four seasons at Hutchinson, he took the SaltHawks to a trip to the State Championship game in 2014 coming off a down 5-4 season previously coached by now ST Aquinas Saints Head Coach Randy Dreiling. 

The Hutchinson SaltHawks position at the time was highly sought for across the state, ultimately with Hays losing Ryan Cornelson after a strong 35-12 showing from 2009 to 2013. Although he was 0-2 in the playoffs with the Indians, the SaltHawks accomplished a few more under his leadership, and far exceeded any expectations of the SaltHawks faithful. 

It is a daunting task to take over for a legend such as Randy Dreiling, in any situation a new Head Coach finds themselves in but in the end a right fit from the beginning. 

Coming to the Trailblazers, Ryan Cornelson will take over a program that has finished 6W-31L in their last four seasons during his time in the western side of the 6A. 

One advantage Ryan Cornelson will have entering the 2018 season that Randy Dreiling did not, meeting the Eastern 6 & 5A Champion only once, his SaltHawks game history brings four years of Sunflower opponents to it that he has to learn from moving forward to next Fall. 

For those taking note, Ryan Cornelson was 0-1 against SM East and formerly Dustin Delaney of the Lancers, 1-0 against the Free State Firebirds, 1-1 vs. the Olathe South Falcons from 2014-2015, and 2-0 against the Olathe East Hawks during the 2016-2017 seasons at 4-2 overall. 

La Crosse Leopards (53-13)
2003 - 5-4
2004 - 9-2
2005 - 7-4
2006 - 11-1
2007 - 10-1
2008 - 11-1
Hays Indians (35-12)
2009 - 7-2
2010 - 7-2
2011 - 8-2
2012 - 7-3
2013 - 6-3
Hutchinson Salthawks (25-15)
2014 - 8-5 - Lost to SM East 33-13 in 6A State FInal
2015 - 6-4 - Lost to Junction City in week-10
2016 - 9-2 - Lost to Derby in week-11
2017 - 5-4 - Lost 3 straight similar to 2013 SaltHawks
Gardner-Edgerton (0-0)
2018 - 0-0+

Congratulations to the Trailblazers and Ryan Cornelson on becoming the newest Head Coach to the Sunflower League!