He might be a new coach, but Scorpio Horn is a familiar name to high school and collegiate football fans in Eastern Jackson County.

The former Blue Springs High School and Missouri Western State College standout is the new head football coach at William Chrisman High School. He replaces John Crutcher who resigned in November after a 9-31 record in four seasons, including 1-9 in 2013.

“I'm so excited to get to take these athletes to the next level,” said Horn, who was a Bears assistant under former head coaches Mike Spotts and Mark Simcox.

“It will be a challenging but thrilling process to get to where we want to go. This football program has so much potential, and I believe in these students. I feel my enthusiasm and the athletes’ attitudes will make a great combination.”

He moved to Park Hill South when Simcox took the head coaching job and was the defensive coordinator from 2010-2013. During that time, the team earned district and conference championships.

Horn recently moved back to the Independence School District where he is an at-risk coordinator and the girls basketball coach at Van Horn High School.

“I already know many of these students, and have a feel for what it will take to lead them to success,” he said.

William Chrisman activities director Dan Ogle believes the Bears have the right man for the job.

“Scorpio is excited to lead these athletes and be part of the Chrisman community,” Ogle said. “I believe his passion will energize those he’s leading and the community. I can visualize an excitement around the program in the future that will make Friday night a very big party.”

Chrisman principal Mike Becker agrees, adding, “Our students need role models that will invest in them personally, and will not settle for mediocrity and anything less than their very best. Scorpio is someone who sees what kids can do first instead of what they can’t. That resonates with kids, parents and communities and enables a person like Coach Horn to build a successful and long-lasting program.”

Scorpio’s brothers also have a strong football background. Joe was a wide receiver for the Chiefs and later an all-pro for the New Orleans Saints, and Willie was a standout linebacker at Blue Springs South High School and is now a part of the Jaguars coaching staff.

The Independence School District provided information for this story.