Two new Fort Osage head coaches have come from within the school.
Longtime assistant football coach Brock Bult and former Fort Osage basketball standout and current assistant coach Lindsay Thompson were named as new head coaches for football and girls basketball at Fort Osage High School Wednesday afternoon.
The announcement came from the office of Superintendent Dr. Jason Snodgrass, and both moves are pending approval by the Fort Osage School District Board of Education in its next meeting on May 11.
Bult, who came to Fort Osage along with former head coach Ryan Schartz 11 years ago, replaces the man who led the Indians to a Class 5 state championship last season and an overall record of 106-28.
After inheriting a team that had a 1-19 record in its previous two seasons, Schartz led the Indians to a win in his first game as head coach and a 1-9 mark that first season. The Indians then averaged 10 wins a season over the next decade.
Schartz announced last month that he was stepping down as football head coach would take over as the Fort Osage activities director in July, replacing Brandon Hart, who will be taking over as activities director at Grain Valley High School.
“Coach Schartz is going to be a tough act to follow,” said Bult, the team’s defensive coordinator. “I was lucky enough to be a part of Coach Schartz’s staff that first season and I learned a lot over the last 11 years.”
Bult said he is ready to take over the reins from Schartz.
“I am excited for the opportunity to be the next head coach and build upon the tradition we have established over the past 11 years,” Bult said. “I intend to make the transition smooth and seamless for the coaches and athletes as we move forward and prepare for the upcoming season.”
Bult knows that following a state championship season the expectations for 2016 are going to be high.
“No expectations to live up to, right?” joked Bult, a former standout football player at Grain Valley High School. “You know, though, with Coach Schartz, the expectations were high each season. He did a great job building the program and making our community feel like a part of the team. We have something very special at Fort Osage and we’re going to do our best to make sure that it’s special for a long time.”
Thompson, a standout who played in the same Fort Osage backcourt with WNBA legend Betty Lennox, will replace Dawn Williams as the girls head coach. Thompson has been an assistant under Williams at Fort Osage the past two seasons. Williams resigned her position as head coach following last season.
“The Fort Osage women’s basketball program is dear to my heart,” Thompson said in the press release. “I am honored to have the opportunity to grow the program and am ready to get to work.”
Before returning to Fort Osage, Thompson was the head girls basketball coach at William Chrisman High School before she was relieved of her duties as head coach in April 2014. Thompson compiled a 107-75 record in seven years at Chrisman and was The Examiner’s 2009-10 Girls Coach of the Year after a 20-9 campaign.
Schartz was pleased with the hiring process of both coaches.
“We hired two great coaches,” Schartz said. “Lindsay is an Indian through and through – she played here and had great success and was a great assistant coach. Brock has been a part of our program since I got here. He was a big part of all our success and I know he’s going to do a great job!”