In 2012, Wichita Collegiate will technically have a new head football coach, but with Mike Gehrer returning to the sidelines for the Spartans, it's hardly a new coach.
Gehrer was at the helm for the Spartan program from 1990 through 2004. Under his leadership, Collegiate won state titles in 1994 & 2000.
His top assistant, Bill Messamore, then took over the program and continued in that role until this season when he resigned the spot.
In past seasons, Gehrer returned to Collegiate as an assistant coach for Messamore, who will now enjoy the same luxury, as Messamore will be the receivers and special teams coach this coming season for Gehrer.
Gehrer finished his first stint as head coach with a record of 126-32, but will face a different type of task this coming season as Collegiate moves up to the 4A classification.
Other coaches on the staff for Collegiate this season will include Troy Black (Defensive Coordinator & Associate Head Coach), Messamore (receivers & special teams), Phil Keyes (Offensive Coordinator), and Brian Schooler (offensive & defensive line, head JV coach).
Collegiate finished this season with a record of 8-3 and made it to the second round of the playoffs, where the Spartans fell to Garden Plain in a thrilling 18-15 game.