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Olathe North High School picks Chris McCartney as its next football coach

New Olathe North football coach Chris McCartney with his wife, Julie, and their daughter, Morgan, and son, Connor.
New Olathe North football coach Chris McCartney with his wife, Julie, and their daughter, Morgan, and son, Connor. Submitted photo

Olathe North High School hired longtime assistant Chris McCartney on Thursday to be its next football coach, the school announced.

He has been with the school for 18 years and served as defensive coordinator for the last 11. He has coached in all 10 of Olathe North’s state championship appearances and the Eagles have won eight titles in that span.

“I am incredibly proud and excited for the opportunity to lead this outstanding team,” McCartney said in a release. “You can expect to see the long-standing success of Olathe North football to continue in the years to come. I’ve been with North for 18 years and we have a very strong foundation on which I will continue to build upon.”

McCartney will replace Gene Wier, who joined the Kansas coaching staff in December as Director of High School Relations. Wier coached for a total of 25 years at Olathe North, where he led the Eagles to six Kansas state titles in seven seasons from 1996 to 2002.

This season, the Eagles advanced to the Class 6A semifinals before losing to eventual champion Shawnee Mission East.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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