Sports in Kansas: Coaches of the Year

Derick Hammes led Rossville to its first ever state football title. (photo: Shari Gentry)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Dec 10, 2014

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2014 Sports in Kansas Coaches of the Year


Derick Hammes, Rossville

Hammes is 26-1 since taking over the Rossville program in 2013. The Bulldogs (14-0) brought home their first ever state title with a 21-14 victory over Scott City in the 3A title game. Hammes and Rossville have turned out to be the perfect fit. 


Dustin Delaney, SM East 

Delaney brought East its first ever state title with a perfect 13-0 season in just his second year as head coach. the Lancers best win of the season came in their 36-35 Double OT victory over state power Olathe North in the semifinals, before defeating Hutchinson in the state championship. Delaney, who brought the flex bone to Kansas City, is 24-2 as the head man at SME. 


Randy Dreiling, Aquinas

Nobody expected Aquinas to be in the title game except maybe themselves at the beginning of the 2014 season. In his first year, Randy Dreiling led the Saints to their second all-time title appearance as a school. Aquinas actually led 7-6 at half over state power Bishop Carroll at the half but were outmatched in in the second half to earn state runner-up honors in 2014. Look for Aquinas to be a regular in the discussion from here on out with Dreiling.


Jon Holmes, Bishop Miege

Miege captured the first ever 4A-I state title with their 42-35 victory over Topeka Hayden in the state title game. Miege got its first state title since 2009 and first under Holmes. The Stags, led by all-state selections Ryan Willis and Dawson Downing, finished 13-0 on the season and dominated the Eastern Kansas League, a league which is composed of 5A and 6A schools.


Dan Grundy, Columbus

Columbus made their first ever state championship appearance in football in 2014. Although outmatched in the title game by Andale, the Titans had their best season in school history at 11-2. Grundy and Columbus will look to be back for another deep run in 2015.


Jason Grider, Halstead

Grider, a first year head coach at Halstead, led the Dragons to a 10-3 record in 2014. Just a year ago, Halstead was 5-5. It took an overtime for Scott City to defeat the Dragons (20-14) in the 3A substate. 


Chris Schmidt, Olpe

Schmidt and Olpe captured their first ever state football title with a 26-24 victory over Ell-Saline in the 2-1A title game. Olpe (12-1) finished the season with 12 straight wins after losing to La Crosse to open the year.


Chris Steiner, Central Plains

Steiner led the Oilers (13-0) to their first ever state football championship as a school. Many Claflin teams had dominating state title teams in the past, but since consolidation Central Plains had never captured a football title. The Oilers were one of two Central Prairie League state football champions in 2014. 


Doug Oberle, Victoria

Victoria started out the season 0-1 and rattled off 12 consecutive victories to capture the 8M-II state title with a 52-8 victory over Argonia-Attica. Victoria's one loss came to 8M-I state champion Central Plains (42-24).