GARDNER — Scott Schaefer, the winningest girls basketball coach in McPherson High history and for the past nine years the head coach at Gardner-Edgerton High School, is on the move.
Schaefer, who was 272-43 at McPherson High with four state championships, has taken over as the new head coach at William Chrisman High School.
Schaefer, 476-176 in his coaching career, will be stepping into a controversial situation. William Chrisman recently fired popular head coach Lindsay Thompson, which set off a storm of protest, according to The Kansas City Star. Thompson had won three league titles in her seven seasons.
Last week, students wore T-shirts in protest of Thompson’s firing. Players wrote letters to the school board and launched a Twitter account to gain support.
According to The Star, Schaefer held a meeting Wednesday with the returning players and admitted there appeared to be some apprehension.
“Everyone faces (adversity). It’s how you react to it,” Schaefer told The Star. “Whether it’s Lindsay talking to them or me, how are you going to react to it? From my perspective, as far as coming here, what happened before me, I have nothing to do with. I’m just interested in what happens after today.”
Schaefer won state championships at MHS in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005. He had some good years at Gardner-Edgerton, but never approached the success he reached here. His Gardner-Edgerton teams had competed twice in the McPherson Mid America Classic, including this year when it lost to the Bullpups in the first round.