William Chrisman principal Mike Becker said what stood about Chrisman’s newly hired activities director Shawn Terry was his passion.
It’s a passion Terry, who has been the AD at Leavenworth (Kan.) High School for three years, wants to have trickle down to his coaches and then the students.
The Independence Board of Education approved Terry’s hiring Tuesday, and he will start July 1, taking over for Dan Ogle, who is retiring after 16 years as Chrisman’s AD and 31 years in the district.
“I’m very, very excited to be coming back to Missouri where I first started my coaching,” said Terry, who plans to make several trips to Chrisman in the coming months to work with Ogle on the transition. “My career goal is to be a district athletics director, at a district with more than one high school. I was looking to be in a bigger district.
“Before I moved (to Kansas) I lived in Lee’s Summit, so it’s coming back full circle in a way.”
Prior to becoming AD, Terry served as a football coach in the Leavenworth and Harrisonville districts and coached basketball and track and field at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan. He was also a student assistant men’s basketball coach at Fort Hays State in Fort Hays, Kan., and served as an athletic trainer for the Kansas State football team.
Becker said he liked that Terry has worked directly with two well-respected people in the region – former Harrisonville and current Staley football coach Fred Bouchard and Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder.
“He talked about their work ethic, attention to detail, their work-early-stay-late mentality and high expectations really influenced him,” Becker said. “In his years at Leavenworth, that was reflective in the programs he helped turn around.
“Success in all our programs is the ultimate goal, and we want to see all our programs grow. He has that lead-by-example expectation for all his coaches.”
While Terry has been AD, the Leavenworth football team ended a 31-year playoff drought with state playoff appearances in two of the last three years. The girls basketball team bounced back from six straight losing seasons to qualify for state last year and this year. The boys basketball team placed second in the Kansas state tournament last year.
“I bring the expectation level that I learned from Fred Bouchard and Bill Snyder,” Terry said. “I have high expectations for every activity, and I did it for my teachers. I’m critical in a good way. I want our kids to be the best.”
Terry said he coached against Chrisman boys basketball coach Chad Wright when he was at Harrisonville and Wright was at St. Pius X. Also, Chrisman football assistant Travis Foerschler played for Terry at Harrisonville.
To borrow one of Snyder’s favorite phrases, Terry said, he wants all the students coached the exact same way by a coach.
“It doesn’t where you’re at on the totem pole – everybody’s important,” he said.