High School Sports

Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association announces inaugural Hall of Fame class


Some of the most significant figures in Kansas City area high school football history will have a home next season at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association has announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class, which will be displayed inside the home of the Chiefs.

The first class will be honored during the annual Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game on June 18 at Blue Springs South High School.

The inaugural group includes only one player — former Olathe North running back Darren Sproles, who later played at Kansas State before embarking on an NFL career.

The former and current coaches set to be honored are Cecil Patterson (Southeast), Al Davis (Rockhurst), Moe Werner (Bishop Ward), Len Mohlman (Bishop Miege), Al Woolard (Lawrence), Ted Chitwood (Raytown), Joe Mintner (Park Hill), Gennaro Mirocke (St. Joseph Shawnee), Larry Taylor (Shawnee Mission North), Joe Monachino (St. Pius X), Dave Bassore (Center and Olathe North), Paul Montiel (O'Hara), Vic Bonuchi (Excelsior Springs), Bruce Young (Raymore-Peculiar), Tony Severino (Rockhurst), Sam Brown (Grandview, SM North and Excelsior Springs), Chip Sherman (Platte County, SM East and Olathe Northwest), Fred Merrell (Blue Springs and St. Mary’s), Harold Wambsgans (SM West and Lee’s Summit North), Bud Wheeler (Olathe and Ottawa), Gil Rector (Lexington), Gene Wier (Olathe North), Steve Rampy (Blue Valley) and Dick Purdy (SM West).

The class will also include former Chiefs player Bill Maas, who will be inducted as an associate.

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