Olathe East announced Jesse Owen as its next football coach, replacing Jeff Meyers, who was fired in November after his first losing season since 1999.
Owen will become the second football coach at the high school. He will make the trek from Eudora, where he compiled a 5-4 record in his only season there.
“I’m honored and humbled for the opportunity lead the Olathe East football program,” Owen said in a news release. “It is a special place with a great tradition and legacy. I look forward for the chance to build on the great tradition and success as we move forward.”
Prior to taking over at Eudora, Owen spent 11 seasons as an assistant for Olathe North, where he was a member of the 1996 state championship team.
He joins an Olathe East program that had qualified for the playoffs 13 straight seasons before missing the postseason last fall. Olathe East finished 3-6 and lost its final five games.
“I’m elated to welcome Jesse Owen to Olathe East High School,” Olathe East principal Bill Weber said in the release. “Coach Owen will build on the excellence that we have come to expect at Olathe East and will serve as an excellent role model for not only our football team, but the rest of the students of our school.”