Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bo Black named head coach at SM Northwest

Bo Black
Bo Black was officially named SM Northwest's head football coach on Tuesday.

He takes over for Linn Hibbs, who resigned from the position in early December after going 7-21 in three seasons.

Black spent the 2014 season as the head coach at Hays (KS) High School. Led by K-State quarterback commit Alex Delton, the team finished the season 7-2.

Prior to his one season at Hays, Black served as the head coach at Great Bend (KS) High School, compiling a record of 82-47 in 13 seasons. The highlight of his tenure in Great Bend was a Class 5A Runner-Up finish in 2006.

Black takes over a SM Northwest football program that's hard to figure out, to say the least. While the Cougars have produced as much talent as any program (in 2010 they had three alums -- Ryan Lilja, Mike Rivera, and Ryan Torain, on NFL rosters) they can't seem to pool together more than a few years of success at any given time,

In the 15 seasons since 2000, the program has twice made it to Sectionals -- in 2003 and 2007. Aside from those two years, they've finished with winning records in just three of the other 13 seasons.

Black, the program's fourth head coach since 2005, has his fair share of work ahead of him, but there's perhaps no greater sleeping giant in the Sunflower League than SM Northwest.

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