Cornelsen leaving Hutch for Gardner Edgerton

Ryan Cornelsen is leaving Hutchinson High School to become the head football coach at Gardner Edgerton.
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Cornelsen announced to his football team Wednesday that he has taken a job with another school. Cornelsen will resign both as head football and track coach as well as a physical education instructor at the end of the current school year.

HHS Athletic Director Kevin Armstrong will begin the search for Cornelsen’s successor immediately.

"Hutch is a great place, we've really enjoyed it. This is a decision that we felt was best for our family. We are really proud of what we were able to do. The kids worked hard at it and our coaches worked hard at it." Cornelsen told CatchitKansas on Wednesday.

Cornelsen coached at HHS for four seasons (28-15), making it to the state title football game his first year. His boys’ track team won state championship in 2017.

"Since I have been here, we linked them (football and track ) together. I felt like we made huge strides last year (in track) and we lost a lot of those guys, but I feel like we have a strong team coming back," Cornelsen said.

Cornelsen said he can't release his next coaching destination until it's approved by the board on Monday, January 8.

"Hutch is still going to be successful in football and track with things going in the right direction with a lot of good young players and talent coming through," Cornelsen said.

Cornelsen has been the head coach at La Crosse, Hays, and Hutchinson.