I was born on October 19, 1957 and raised in Houston, Texas. I was active in all areas of the education system during my school days.
I served as Sentinel in the Huffman High School Student Council, acted in plays and stayed active in Falcon Athletics. I lettered in football, track, baseball, and golf. I graduated in 1976 from Huffman-Hargrave High School.
I attended college in Austin, Texas in 1976-77 and lettered as a golfer for Concordia Lutheran Junior College. I transferred to Ottawa University, where I pursued my Physical Education and Recreation Degree. I lettered three years as a golfer and am a proud member of the "O" Club as a letterman for Ottawa University. I pursued my teacher credentials and graduated in 1981 with a degree in PE and Recreation, and a Kansas Teacher's license to teach Physical Education.
My teaching career includes my student teaching at Central Heights Schools in the Fall of 1980. I, then was out of education for the next four years working in the wholesale electrical industry in Colorado, Texas and Kansas. After experiencing the real world of sales, I decided to return to Ottawa University and pursue my Social Studies certificate.
I returned to teaching and coaching in 1985 working as a coach and substitute teacher in Pratt, Kansas - USD 382. I became a regular 7th Grade classroom teacher in 1987. I taught and coached at Liberty Middle School for twelve years. Highlights of my time there, were being a Young Educator Finalist in 1990 and incorporating classroom and school-wide studies involving Law Day and MLK Day. I coached PHS football, LMS Basketball, and PHS Baseball. I helped PHS to a State Championship in 4A football in 1995. PHS made six appearances in the playoff system during my tenure there. Liberty Middle School won five league basketball titles during my time as head coach. Pratt High played in two 4A State Baseball Tournaments in that time.
I moved to Mound City, Kansas in 1999 and served as a Physical Education and Social Studies teacher in Jayhawk-Linn USD 346. I was the Head Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach for Jayhawk-Linn High School. I was, also, the Jayhawk Junior High School Boys Basketball Coach.
I returned to Pratt in 2001 and spent the next two years teaching American History and Physical Education at Liberty Middle School. I served on the school site council, along with working to develop professional growth activities.
I returned to the Head Coaching ranks in 2003 as I accepted the Head Football position at Eureka High School in Eureka, Kansas. I moved into a district that had just graduated 19 seniors and was low on numbers. We played 4 teams my first year that qualified for the 3A state playoffs. Through the next 2 years, I was able to increase participation from 19 to 43 players. I left the position in 2006 having made strides to improve the program. The players I left behind won 5 and 6 games respectively over the next two seasons.
I resumed my teaching career at Anderson County High School, Garnett, Kansas. I have taught at the high school and junior high level at ACJSHS. I enjoy teaching the students at Anderson County and I enjoy their interest in Social Studies.
Along with my teaching, I have served as an assistant coach with the ACHS football team. I am curremtly the Head Softball Coach and always look forward to the interaction that is Bulldog Athletics.
My personal life includes my wife of 33 years, the former Jodi Baumstimler from Osawatomie, Kansas. We have four children, Garrett, Tyler, Ryan, and Katelyn. They are the joys of our life! Garrett works for the City of Davenport, Iowa and is married to Glady(Lang) and they have a daughter, Jade, and a son, Forrest. Tyler and his wife, Jordan(Carey), and their daughters, Paige and Avery live in Oswego, KS where Tyler is a Kansas Highway Patrolman. Ryan is a junior Lacrosse player at Ottawa University and Katelyn is a freshman there, dancing on the Braves Dance team.