Nearly two months have passed since Blue Valley football coach Eric Driskell died after a ruptured brain aneurysm in February. The high school and the entire district are still recovering from the shock of his early death — but they’re moving forward, announcing Thursday that defensive line coach Allen Terrell will take over duties as head coach.
Terrell had been an assistant at Blue Valley since 2012 and was the head coach at Turner High prior to that. The move is pending board approval, with a vote is scheduled for Monday.
“I had settled on the fact that I wasn’t going to be a head coach again because I didn’t want to leave Blue Valley,” said Terrell. “God has different plans.
“The kids feel like myself and the coaches on staff. We’re ready to move on and honor Eric in the way we do our life day to day.”
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Blue Valley’s announcement accompanies BV Northwest’s announcement from earlier in the week. The school revealed Tuesday it would hire Clint Rider to replace Mike Zegunis as the head football coach.
Rider led Hesston High, a Class 3A school north of Wichita, to a 36-9 record and the 2016 state championship game during his four-year tenure. BV Northwest is the third stop for the 29-year-old, who began his head coaching career at Southeast Cherokee in 2011.
“It’s the highest (KSHSAA classification) level,” Rider said. “There’s great coaches there and especially within the Eastern Kansas League…Some of those other schools have had great teams. It’s going to be a challenge to compete against those guys, but that’s part of the allure to be able to have the opportunity to compete with some of those guys on Friday night.”