Longtime successful Hutchinson High football coach Randy Dreiling is leaving the school to take a similar position with St. Thomas Aquinas, according to various media reports today.
The Wichita Eagle’s Joanna Chadwick reported the story today with quotes from Dreiling.
“The more I thought about it, (I realized) that I had probably done about all we could probably do here,” Dreiling told The Eagle. “It might just be time for a new challenge, not that it’s the challenge to the depth of what it was when I got here.”
The colorful and sometimes controversial Dreiling, known for his fiery disposition, is departing after 17 seasons, which included seven state championships after the program had been one of the state’s doormats prior to his arrival. The Hutchinson Public Schools’ Facebook page reported he told team members this morning.
Dreiling won 160 games and lost only 38 at Hutch. The Salthawks won football championships in either Class 6A or Class 5A in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Thy missed the playoffs this past season.
Hutchinson Athletic Director Eric Armstrong said the school would begin an immediate search for a new head coach.