Inman's Vernon steps down after two seasons

By Steve Sell
April 18, 2014

INMAN — Mike Vernon, who changed the culture of Inman High School football in just two years, is stepping down as Teuton coach.

Vernon, 32, told that he felt the need to reprioritize his life. 

"I think it was the right time to move on," Vernon said today.

Vernon said he has no concrete plan at this point, but said his next job may be that as an assistant, probably at the high school level. He said he felt the need "to be a better husband and a better person," and being a head coach perhaps required more time than he was able to give.

Vernon, a former Bethany College star linebacker, compiled a 12-6 record in his two years, as the Teutons fashioned back-to-back 6-3 seasons.

Vernon learned his craft under Ted Kessinger while at Bethany, then served on Randy Dreiling’s staff at Hutchinson High before assuming his first head coaching job.

Those who played the Teutons the last two years noticed an uptick in fundamentals and physicality. Inman’s players were devoted to the weight room and used their improved strength to run Vernon’s flexbone offense with high efficiency.

Vernon gave all the credit to his players, who he said bought in to the weight program and the program in general.

"We did a lot of great things. The school should be proud and the town should be proud," Vernon said.