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Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association to induct second Hall of Fame class

Former Blue Springs South head coach Greg Oder.
Former Blue Springs South head coach Greg Oder. /The Kansas City Star

The Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association will honor its second annual Hall of Fame class during its all-star game next month.

The inductees include a wide range of coaches, along with former player Russ Washington, a lineman at Southeast High School who later embarked on a college career at Missouri and an NFL career with the San Diego Chargers. Washington was a five-time NFL Pro Bowl selection.

The “pioneer coaches” class will include nine new members: Bill Cox (Southwest, Northeast, St. Mary’s, Fort Osage, Park Hill, Pleasant Hill and Raytown South), Jerry Crews (Oak Park), Jerry Culver (De La Salle, Rockhurst and Center), John Davis (Shawnee Mission South), Bill Freeman (Lawrence), Gerald Partridge (Ruskin), Harold Reade (Shawnee Mission), Bill Robinson (Southwest) and Merle Venable (Turner and Baldwin).

In its “modern coaches” class, the GKCFCA will induct Paul Brown (Blue Valley), Rick Byers (St. Pius X), Greg Oder (Blue Springs South), Forrest Rovello (Grain Valley), Dan Stanley (Westport and Winnetonka), Steve Szczygiel (Schlagle) and Bob Tavernaro (Bishop Miege).

The group will be announced during the GKCFCA All-Star Game on June 16 at Blue Springs High School.

The coaches association established its Hall of Fame last summer.

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