With the announcement that Fort Osage football coach Ryan Schartz will be stepping down to become Athletic Director, I thought it a good time to reblog this post. The story of Coach Schartz and the amazing turnaround of the Fort Osage Football program, culminating in this years 5A Missouri State Championship is one for the ages.
In my opinion, one of the toughest things to do in athletics is turning a program around. Now, I am not talking about going from a single down season to a winning one, but rather taking a program from the throes of despair, and getting it on solid… winning… championship level performance. It is admittedly tough, but the flip side is that it is very rewarding
I have been fortunate to be a part of this a couple of times in my career… yet, I also was involved in an attempt that was never completely successful… we never quite completed the turn. What I do know, is that when you are successful, it takes everyone involved… student-athletes, coaches, teachers, administration, parents, and community.
I have many colleagues at both the high school and collegiate level that are in the midst of this type of challenge. In visiting with them, I’ve come…
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