|Chip Sherman. PVPost.com|
The Olathe Northwest head coaching position became available a week ago when the Ravens' nine-year head coach, Todd Dain, stepped down from the position to pursue administrative duties at the school.
Sherman's departure has also created a void in the head coaching position at SM East -- and an untimely one, at that. The Lancer program will be scrambling to name a replacement before the start of their summer weights and conditioning programs which will begin in less than a month.
For Sherman, his reputation is becoming one of a coaching journeyman, albeit a very successful one. He gained local fame as the head coach at Platte County (MO) High School, where he won three state championships during his tenure as head coach from 1990 to 2007. In 2008 he took over at Salina South High School, going 8-3 in his first and only season with the program.
In early 2009 he accepted the head coaching position at SM East. After a brutal 0-3 start to the beginning of the 2009 campaign, the Lancers finished 4-3, losing to eventual state champion Olathe North in the playoffs.
From 2010 through 2012, the Lancers went a combined 21-10 under Sherman's watch. This included playoff berths in all three years, not to mention a Sunflower League championship in 2010 (the school's first since the 1960s).
But perhaps the most impressive of victories during that time took place in Sherman's battle with stage-3 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. After being diagnosed with the disease in the summer of 2011, Sherman underwent chemotherapy treatment for over six months, including during the 2011 season.
In February of 2012 Sherman's cells had cleared of the cancer -- a major victory. He still undergoes scans ever 60 days as a precautionary measure.
Olathe Northwest, which has employed a spread passing attack in recent years, is the ideal personnel setup for Sherman. Known for having an affinity for the passing game, Sherman's Lancers gained 55% of their total offense through the air in 2012. By comparison, last season Olathe Northwest gained 60% of their offense through the air.