After 10 years at the helm of the Fort Osage girls and boys soccer programs, head coach Andrew Fletcher is stepping down.
He accepted a job working for the Sunflower Soccer Association in Topeka, Kansas, as an executive director of the soccer programs, recreational leagues and camps for the city.
Current Oak Grove High School boys and girls coach Michael Brown has been hired as his replacement, the Fort Osage School District announced Monday.
Fletcher will coach the entire 2017 season for the girls team before departing for his new position on June 1.
“I will be running the organization, I am excited,’ Fletcher said. “It was a difficult decision to make when I was offered the job. I told Ryan Schartz, the AD, that I wouldn’t have taken a job at another school. But this particular job seemed like an exciting opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up. The timing was right for my wife and I. I think we left the program in better shape than what it was 10 years ago. I get to work in soccer full time which is terrific.”
In his 10 years as the boys and girls coach, he compiled a record of 113-103-3 on the boys side and 106-98-4 on the girls side after he took over a struggling program in 2007.
Even though he is leaving, he still plans on attending a few Fort games here and there.
“I will definitely miss it,” Fletcher said. “I will probably still come by. I am still a soccer guy. It will be nice to be a fan.”
He recently told both his girls and boys players that he was leaving during a meeting at school.
“I think there were some people who were surprised and I imagine some people were happy and probably some that were disappointed,” he said. “The program will still survive. They hired a really good coach and good person.”
That person is Oak Grove’sl Brown, who will begin coaching the boys team this fall. He’s been the coach of the Panthers for the past six years and earned a district championship and reached the Class 2 state quarterfinals in 2011 with the boys team. In 2015, he helped the girls team win its first district game ever.
“I am very excited to step into an already successful Fort Osage soccer program,” Brown said in a press release. “The work that is being done here is great, and I hope to expand on the successes this program has found. I've heard many great things about this program and am excited to work with these talented players.”