SM East football coach Chip Sherman departing for Olathe district

It’s official.

After more than a week of rumors suggesting he was departing, SM East head football coach Chip Sherman today tendered his resignation.

MetroSports reporter Dave Stewart tweeted last week that Sherman had applied for the coaching job at Olathe Northwest. Here is Shawnee Mission’s statement on the move:

Coach Sherman turned in his official resignation today and will be leaving Shawnee Mission East at the conclusion of this school year.  A head football coaching position and a PE teaching position were posted on the district’s website this afternoon. Candidates interested in either or both positions should follow the application process described on SMSD.org.

Coach Sherman will meet with parents this Thursday night at 6 p.m. In the SM East Cafeteria.

The Shawnee Mission East administration would like to thank Coach Sherman for his commitment to our school and our football program and wishes him continued success in his future endeavors.

In four seasons with the Lancers, Sherman took a program that had been a perennial Sunflower League bottom dweller and turned it into an immediate contender. His squads amassed a 26-15-0 record, giving Sherman a .634 winning percentage — the best in school history. (William Schaake, SM East’s first head coach, went 5-3-1 in his only season, for a second-best winning percentage of .555). He drew admiration and loyalty from players and fans for his commitment to the team — and for his unflappable demeanor. He coached throughout the 2011 season even as he underwent chemo treatment for Stage III non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Sherman’s tenure at the school yielded three playoff appearances, and the first victory over SM West since 1992. Sherman was named Chiefs High School Coach of the Year in 2010.

Most days are great days to be a Lancer. Maybe not today.

Best of luck, Coach Sherman.

UPDATED:

Here’s the message the Lancer Gridiron Club sent to its members Tuesday afternoon:

Unfortunately, Lancer football Coach Chip Sherman has decided to take another coaching job at Olathe Northwest. He has not yet publicly explained why he is making this move, but he has promised to hold a parent meeting with East football parents. Obviously, this development is unforeseen and surprising to a lot of people. We wanted to let you know that the Shawnee Mission East administration intends to move quickly to hire a new football coach. SME has put together a search committee, and the Gridiron Club will be involved. It is hoped that the coaching search will be completed by mid-May so a new coach will be on board for the football activities that begin immediately after Memorial Day with the football camps.

The Lancer Gridiron Club would like to thank Chip Sherman for 4 wonderful years. Sherman began coaching the Lancers in 2009 and directed a renaissance in the East football program, leading the team to a conference title and state playoff victories. He has been an inspirational leader who changed the culture of East football – and the entire school – for the better. But now it’s time for the East football family to move on and build on the success that Coach Sherman instilled in the program. The Gridiron Club will keep you informed as news happens in the coaching search, and we would hope that all of you will be ready to embrace and rally around the new coach.