Coaching legend Cordell steps down

By Steve Sell
March 17, 2014

LITTLE RIVER — One of the all-time girls basketball coaching legends in Kansas history is calling it a career.

Little River’s Shane Cordell, who surpassed the 600-victory mark this season, has announced his coaching retirement, according to a release from school officials.

Cordell finished his career with 604 victories and just 217 losses. He led the Redskins to four straight Class 1A state championships with teams regarded as the best in Kansas regardless of class. Of course, his teams are best known for their 91-game winning streak, still a Kansas record.

Cordell is a Little River alumnus, having played on a pair of state championship football teams. He also coached football at his alma mater, leading the Redskins to three state championships.

Little River also won the first two Mid America Classic titles in 1996 and 1997, defeating big-school McPherson in both championship games. McPherson was the 5A state champion in 1997, while Little River was the 1A champion. The games were so well attended that the Roundhouse doors had to be closed because the crowd filled the building, not to mention people were four and five deep around the top ring.

The Redskins were 15-6 in their final season under Cordell, losing to Hillsboro in the first round of the Class 2A sub-state.