Kevin Kopecky

Kevin_KopeckyFormer Eudora Head Football Coach Kevin Kopecky (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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Former Eudora High Head Football Coach Kevin Kopecky has been charged with two counts of felony theft in Leavenworth.

According to the Leavenworth County District Court filing, Kopecky is accused of stealing $1,626 on Jan. 19, 2011 and $1,262 on Jan. 12, 2012 from the Leavenworth School District. During this time, Kopecky was the Head Football Coach at Leavenworth High School.  Sources have told us the money was in conjunction with summer football camps Kopecky ran in Leavenworth.

Kopecky coached the Leavenworth High team from 2010 until his resignation in 2013 to take the head coaching vacancy at EHS.

School District Spokesperson Kristin Magette released the following statement:

Kevin Kopecky resigned as Eudora High School P.E. teacher and head football coach in March and continued to work here until the end of his contract in June. Since learning of the allegations against him in Leavenworth, we have thoroughly reviewed our high school’s financial records and found no irregularities during the time of his employment here.

Magette said that School District officials were aware of the situation prior to the end of of the school year, but could not comment further.

Kopecky had an initial court appearance on July 23rd and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 20.

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Kevin_KopeckyNew Eudora Football Coach Kevin Kopecky (photo by eudorareporter.com  Managing Editor John Schulz)

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New Eudora Head Football Coach Kevin Kopecky met with players, parents and the public at Eudora High School on Monday evening to give people an opportunity to learn about him and find out his plans for the upcoming football season.

“It starts with treating players right,” Kopecky said during his twenty minute presentation. “There are four important groups: players, parents, coaches and administration.  The most important of those groups is the players.”

Kopecky talked about his background starting with his college football career as a walk-on strong safety at the University of Nebraska under then Coach Tom Osborne.  He also talked about his time at St. Thomas Aquinas in Kansas City and his past three years in Leavenworth.

“I’ve coached three players who went on to the NFL and there is a fourth that has just participated in tryouts this year,” Kopecky told the audience of around 50 people. Kopecky told them that while he was discussing his resume, it is only part of the equation.

“Discipline, effort and attitude, are the main ingredients to a successful program,” he said. “We run simple schemes…we use the no huddle spread offense but with that said, I’m from Nebraska – we like to run the football.  We can do it very well in that style and score a lot of points.”

Kopecky, or “Coach K” as he stated he was occasionally called in Leavenworth, also will bring a change in coaching style from the previous head coach. Greg Webb, who resigned in November to become the head coach at Truman High School in Independence, MO, was widely known as a tough disciplinarian.

“I’m demanding without being demanding,” Kopecky said. “Players are here because they want to have fun. My attitude is to not be a dictator, I will ask for input when I can.”

Athletic Director Cara Kimberlin continued to have high praise for the new coach.

“He’s going to do a great job here in Eudora,” Kimberlin said. “He’s got a good rapport with the kids already and when he gets into the classroom it will give him an even greater opportunity to work with the entire student body.”

Kopecky, who currently is licensed as an art instructor, will be taking the necessary steps this summer so that he can teach P.E. and health at Eudora starting in the fall.

We asked Kopecky about the assistant coaching staff for the upcoming season and if the staff would remain intact or we would be seeing new assistant coaches this year.

“I’m imagine that there will be a change in only one or two coaches as opportunities and teaching positions present themselves, but as of now, I am planning on the same staff the team had last year.”

We talked to some of the parents in attendance following the meeting and all were impressed with what the coach had to say.

The one remaining question for all Eudora High football fans and it goes for any football coach is:  Will he win football games?  We will find that out starting in August.

 

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Kevin KopeckyNew Eudora Football  Head Coach Kevin Kopecky (photo courtesy sunflowerfootball.com)

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Kevin Kopecky has been named as Head Coach for the Eudora High School Cardinals.  Kopecky  has compiled a 157-119 record in has  26 years as a head coach.  Over that period, his teams have been district champions 19 times and state semifinalists ten times. His teams also have earned two state runner-up titles.  Kopecky’s comes to Eudora from Leavenworth High School where he has been head football coach since 2010.  Prior to Leavenworth, Kopecky was the head football coach at St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park from 1997-2009.

In a press release issued by the Eudora School District, Eudora High School Principal G.A. Buie had high praise for Kopecky.

“We are extremely fortunate to hire a coach with Coach Kopecky’s experience,”  Buie said. “After visiting with Kevin, and with people who know him, a common theme continues to shine forward — that he cares about every student and athlete, and his goal is to build and develop character within each one of them. Eudora football might look different on the field next season, but we are still building champions.”

Kopecky, who will teach P.E. at Eudora High in the fall, met with parents and students this morning at Eudora High.

Kopecky replaces Gregg Webb as Head Coach who resigned following the 2012 season to take over Head Coaching duties at Truman High School in Independence, MO.

“Coach Webb has played a key role in building such a successful team in Eudora,” Buie said. “We are excited to bring on Coach Kopecky, who absolutely has what it takes to keep our football program thriving.”

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