Fans will need a scorecard to know who's coaching where as much as they will to tell the players this coming year at area high schools.

Every school in the area has had at least one major staff change and some will have almost a completely turnover in the athletic department.

Four area schools - Wyandotte, Fairland, Commerce and Welch - have new football coaches while Wyandotte, Fairland, Afton, Quapaw, Bluejacket and Grove have hired new basketball coaches. There's also been shuffling in wrestling and softball.

The thought-to-be-a-record movement isn't just local.

According to, there's been 76 changes statewide in football, not including the four local moves, since the end of the 2007 season.

Also, there were 85 girls' listings and 107 boys' listings for basketball coach, (as of July 2) on one forum message on the site.

Josh Bolinger has been named head wrestling coach at Miami.

Bolinger, head coach at Carl Junction, Mo., the past two years, will succeed Justin Gibson. Gibson will remain a teacher in the Miami district.

Wyandotte was affected the most by the coaching moves - with five positions seeing new personnel.

Head football coach Lynn Cutshaw stepped down to accept a position in the Fort Worth area.

His replacement is Jared Widger, who served as the Bears' defensive coordinator this past season under Cutshaw.

Widger previously had been head coach at two stops in western Kansas.

Longtime Wyandotte coach and teacher Troy Gray has been promoted to superintendent, taking over for Duane Thomas.

Thomas has retired after 31 years - but will continue in education as superintendent at Colony Crest, Kan.

Kara Kinney, a graduate of Lamar (Mo.) High School and Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, succeeds Thomas as girls' basketball coach.

John Leppla, who was slow-pitch coach at Welch in the spring, takes over as fast-pitch coach and boys' basketball coach Paul Duncan has assumed the reins of athletic director.

With Leppla's move to Wyandotte and Josh Schertz taking the football job at Welch, Charles Durrence has been named fast- and slow-pitch softball coach for the Lady Wildcats.

Schertz succeeds Craig Hood, who stepped down after last season and will remain in the Welch school district as a teacher.

Billy Willard has been named baseball coach at WHS. Bill Rogers resigned after 10 years to become principal and softball coach at Calvin.

Willard, an assistant at WHS for three seasons, was interim baseball coach two years ago after Rogers suffered a heart attack.

A search for a new football coach at Fairland is ongoing.

Former head football coach (and superintendent) Choo Thomas now is superintendent at Jay.

Thomas' successor as superintendent - Mark Alexander - didn't start until July 1.

Also, Justin Goins has been named boys' basketball coach at FHS. He succeeds Joe Gramlich, who resigned after 11 years to become principal at Ketchum Middle School.

Goins was an assistant under Gramlich for three seasons. Goins, also has served as an assistant in football, baseball and girls' basketball during his seven seasons at Fairland.

Longtime coach Gerald Sargent is taking the reins of the Afton girls' basketball program. Ronnie Maple has moved to Locust Grove to become boys' coach.

Willie Ng, an assistant coach at Commerce the past two years but a longtime head coach around the Lucky 7 Conference, has been named the Tigers' head football coach. He succeeds Mitchell Crittenden, who was not rehired.

Aaron Bland takes over as boys' basketball coach at Quapaw. Brad Neal resigned in the spring to accept a position as coach at Carl Junction, Mo.

Bland previously had been girls' basketball coach at Wyandotte.

Richard Bassett replaces Jason Geer as girls' basketball coach at Grove. Bassett, who guided Picher-Cardin to the state tournament earlier in the decade, had been an assistant at GHS for two years.

Bluejacket is looking for a girls' basketball coach to replace Lori Lillard, who nurtured the program through a limited schedule in 2007-08 while trying to get it back on solid footing.