With the start of the 2019-20 academic year around the corner, the Sun will conduct interviews with athletic directors from its eight coverage area schools to discuss the state of each school’s athletic program.

The first installment is with Labette County High School co-athletic director Sean Price, who also coaches the school’s football team.

 

On new co-athletic director David Dainty, who previously coached baseball at Southeast High School and will also serve as an assistant baseball coach at Labette County...

“He’s a great coach and very organized. He’s very excitable and excited to be at Labette County to work with our kids.” 

 

On balancing head coaching duties with football and athletic director responsibilities...

“It hasn’t been an issue. I had (Brad) Smith with me the last two years, and he made my life easy. I don’t see it as a balancing act at all. It works out well for us.” 

 

Battling low participation numbers in athletics across the state...

“Right now, around Kansas, numbers are down. Participation is down. We want to make sure we keep our numbers up. But volleyball has a lot of girls out. Coach Warren with cross country gets a lot of kids. We get kids to participate. We’re excited with a great group of young kids coming through Labette County right now.” 

 

How Labette County encourages participation in athletics...

“The kids we work with here, we encourage them to play multiple sports. I’m a huge believer in that. I don’t want any of my kids just playing football. I want them conditioning year round. All the coaches are on the same page with that. We have a ton of multiple sport kids, and you’re more successful when you do that.” 

 

How Labette County helps athletes get recruited for college scholarships...

“All of our coaches do a really good job with social media. Everybody is on it, and we’re driven by it. We all post photos of our camp and stuff. The kids like that and want to see their names out there. It takes one kid to see one video and like a kid, then things can blow up from there. Our staff does a good job of getting our kids’ names out there.” 

 

Improvements that are points of emphasis at Labette County...

“We feel like we’ve got a great program. We’re just trying to maintain. Every coach wants to be better every year. As far as making overall improvements, we think our program is in great shape. We all want to put our athletes in better positions. We all want to win games, but it’s not all about winning. We feel like we produce great kids for society. We have a ton of programs over here…kids can leave here and make some money. So we’re just trying to keep getting kids better.” 

 

What change KSHSAA could introduce through legislation that Labette County would advocate for...

“It’s the private schools. Bishop Miege has ended our girls basketball season, boys basketball season and football season twice. There’s such an imbalance there from my standpoint. Any legislation that comes across through KSHSAA or our coaches associations, we’ll be in full support at Labette County. We want to support things that will be beneficial to our kids.” 

 

Expectations for the 2019-20 year from the athletic program...

“I think we’re going to have good years. We’re really young across the board. We have a small senior class in a lot of our sports. But I expect our kids to be very well coached and play like Grizzlies. We’ll battle every night we’re on the field or court. We want to represent our community in as positive a way as we can.”

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