OVERLAND PARK — Clint Rider, who led Hesston High School to the Class 3A state championship football game this past season, was introduced today as the new head coach at Blue Valley Northwest High School.
Rider was 36-9 in his four years at Hesston, including this season’s 10-4 mark. The Swathers started the year 1-3 before reeling off nine wins in a row. They lost a 48-42 overtime decision to Rossville in the championship game after leading nearly the entire game.
According to The Blue Valley Northwest News, Rider was the top choice among 44 candidates. The News also said, according to BVNW Athletic Director Kevin Gerke, there were candidates from Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arizona.
“(Players and parents) wanted a coach that was going to hold kids accountable, had been successful, who was going to be a good communicator, who was enthusiastic and passionate about football and I think it also came through that they wanted someone who was going to be concerned about character and developing not just great football players, but good students and good fathers and those kinds of things as well,” Gerke said.
Rider’s 2016 team was known for its wide-open offense and the ability to put a lot of points on the board.
“There is no expectation from my part that we win ‘X’ amount of games [next year],” Gerke said. “We just want to see our football program grow. I understand that there will be an adjustment period, so we’ll have to lay a foundation for future success.”