2015 Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com) Coaches of the Year
All-Classes: Clint Kinnamon, St. John
6A: Joe Jackson, Wichita East
5A: Kip Schultz, Maize South
4A-I: Kurt Kinnamon, McPherson
4A-II: Chad Novack, Holcomb
3A: Glenn O’Neil, Scott City
2A: Clint Kinnamon, St. John
1A-I: Kim Lohse, Hanover
1A-II: Larry O’Connor, Sharon Springs-Wallace County
Coach of the Year Capsules
Clint Kinnamon, St. John (2A State Champs)
Just like many on this list, Kinnamon is very familiar with state championships. The St. John head man now has four state titles as a head coach (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015). Like his brother, Kurt at McPherson, the last three have featured at least one of his sons (Cole ’14, Kade ’17). Clint has also had the opportunity to coach two of the best high school players Kansas has ever seen in his now senior, Dean Wade, and Jackie Stiles, when he coached at Claflin in the nineties.
Joe Jackson, Wichita East
Jackson led East to its first state title since 2005. He is 61-12 since taking over the program after being an assistant for the Blue Aces from 2009-2012.
Kip Schultz, Maize South
Schultz led Maize South to their first ever state boy’s tournament appearance. The Mavericks took second in 5A going 22-3 in 2014-2015.
Kurt Kinnamon, McPherson
When you think of high school basketball in Kansas, you think of McPherson. Kinnamon, a known basketball name in Kansas, has six state titles at McPherson, two consecutive, as his brother, Clint, has led St. John to three consecutive state titles. His six state titles as a head coach are tied for third all-time in the history of high school boy’s basketball in Kansas. The last two were extra special as he got to win it with his all-state son Kyler.
Chad Novack, Holcomb
Novack led Holcomb to its first state title in 23 years and third all-time boys basketball title as a school. The Longhorns were nearly perfect in 2014-2015 as they only had one loss on the season, a split with 3A champion, Scott City.
Glenn O’Neil, Scott City
O’Neil is no stranger to state championships with five state basketball titles in his career at Scott and also one in football. He has led the Beavers to five consecutive state basketball title games (2011-2015), winning four (2011,2012,2013,2015). Scott took second in 4A-II in 2014, but has won 3A every year dating back to 2011, when his squad beat Minneapolis on a last second shot by Ron Baker, now a star at Wichita State. The last four titles at Scott have featured O’Neil’s all-state sons, Brett (’13) and Trey (’15), as each have three titles.
Clint Kinnamon, St. John
Just like many on this list, Kinnamon is very familiar with state championships. The St. John head man now has four state titles as a head coach (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015). Like his brother, Kurt at McPherson who has won back-to-back with his son, the last three of Clint's have featured at least one of his sons (Cole ’17, Kade ’14). Clint has also had the opportunity to coach two of the best high school players Kansas has ever seen in his now senior, Dean Wade, and Jackie Stiles, when he coached at Claflin in the nineties.
Kim Lohse, Hanover
Lohse lead Hanover to a nearly perfect season and won the state title in 1A-I, going 25-1. Loshe has five state titles at Hanover as the head man (1998, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2015) and will look to go back-to-back for the third time in his career next season.
Larry O’Connor, Sharon Springs-Wallace County
Sharon has won one state boys basketball title dating back to 1935 according to the KSHSAA record books, but none since. That wait is over as O’Connor led the Wildcats to the 1A-II state championship with a rematch win over St. Johns-Tipton, who they lost to in last year’s final. The Wildcats finished at 24-2 as the 1A-II state champion.