KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After nearly four decades coaching football in Kansas, including the last three seasons at Lawrence High School, Steve Rampy is headed to the Show-Me State.
Staley High School announced Saturday that Rampy had been hired as its new football coach.
Rampy replaces Phil Lite, who served as the Falcons head coach for the last five seasons, and brings a championship pedigree across the state line.
Prior to his time with the Chesty Lions, Rampy spent eight seasons as the offensive coordinator at Pittsburg State University, helping lead the Gorillas to the 2011 NCAA Division II national title.
He spent 25 years before that as the head coach at Blue Valley High School, where he led the Tigers to four Kansas Class 5A state championships (1991, 1998, 2003, 2006) and four state runners-up (1992, 1995, 1997, 2005).
Rampy went 1-8 during his first season at Lawrence in 2018, but the Lions turned things around during the last two season. His teams finished 17-3 during that span, reaching the Kansas Class 6A state quarterfinals last fall.
Rampy succeeded long-time Lawrence coach Dirk Wedd in December 2017 and hopes to bring his legacy of success to the Suburban Conference now.
Staley won Missouri Class 5 state titles in 2011 and 2017 to go with seven district championships and seven conference championships since the school opened in 2008.
The Falcons finished with a 7-5 record last season, losing to eventual state runner-up Platte County in the district title game.