By Joanna Chadwick (Updated, 10:28 a.m. Tuesday)
Rose Hill has named assistant Ray Boese as its football coach. Boese replaces Greg Slade, now the coach at Campus.
Boese takes over a program that won the Class 4A title in 2011 but finished 4-6 in 2012.
“We had a great group of candidates that we interviewed and I thought that several of them would have been an
excellent choice for the program,” Rose Hill athletic director Jim Linot wrote in an e-mail. ” Ray has been an assistant coach in our program for several years and I believe is one of the finest defensive coaches in the state. I believe that he earned the job not only during the interview, but with the resume’ he has built here and he will do an excellent job of continuing the tradition that we have established at Rose Hill High School.”
**** I talked to Coach Boese on Tuesday morning to get a little more information about him and to get his thoughts on taking over at Rose Hill.
Boese, a Wichita State and Wichita South grad who is 48, is thrilled to be named the Rose Hill coach.
“I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am,” he said. “This is a life-long ambition. At times I didn’t know if it would ever come true. This is the best day I’ll ever have in this job. Every day after, instead of congratulating me, they’ll be telling me what I need to do better.
“…. I told everyone when I was 18 that this was what I was going to do. It’s an end of a journey to some extent, and the beginning of a bigger journey.”
Boese was an assistant for eight seasons at West and then went to Rose Hill as Slade’s assistant in 1998.
I asked him what he wants to bring to the program and what he wants to continue.
“I think consistency in terms of having the next group ready,” he said. “That’s basically what happened last year. The next group wasn’t ready. I want to change things up a bit with the coaching responsibilities. If I’m the linebacker coach, I want to coach all the way from ninth through 12th grade, instead of having a freshman coach, coach all these sports.
“I want to get into a platoon coaching situation…. I think that will bring up our professionalism. Now we own one spot. We can show more pride that way as a coach — ‘this is my spot. If they don’t do well, that’s my job.’”