Hutch picks Hays' Cornelson to replace Dreiling

By Steve Sell
January 07, 2014

When McPherson High takes on Hays in football district play next fall, the Indians will be under the guidance of a new head coach.

Ryan Cornelson, who was a terrific 35-12 at Hays including wins in each of the last two years over the Bullpups, confirmed to The Wichita Eagle today that he’ll be the new head coach at powerhouse Hutchinson High.

“It was the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make," Cornelsen said The Eagle’s Tony Adame. "I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at Hays and next year we’re going to have a really good team. One of my career goals is to coach at the highest level and the success at Hutchinson was enough that, for me, it felt like the right decision.”

Cornelson, son of former legendary Liberal coach Gary Cornelson, also coached six years at La Crosse, where he was 53-13. The Hutchinson News' Brad Hallier reported that the elder Cornelson will be on his son's staff at Hutch.

Cornelson replaces Randy Dreiling, who left Hutchinson for St. Thomas Aquinas after 17 years and an amazing seven state titles.