Kevin Page, the first football coach in the three-year history of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic in Lee’s Summit, is stepping off the field and into an administrative role as an associate principal at the private Lee’s Summit school.
Andrew Pitts, a science teacher at St. Michael, will be the new head football coach.
Pitts graduated from Truman State University in 2006 and began his coaching career at Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City. He worked there from 2007-2014 serving as an assistant coach for four years, and then as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator for four years.
During those eight seasons, Helias won district titles every year, and appeared in four state championship games.
He then coached at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and then moved to Northwest Missouri State University, where he coached in the 2016 NCAA Division II national championship team. After Northwest Missouri State, he coached two seasons at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. He then moved to St. Michael where he taught science in 2019.
"Coach Pitts is going to do a great job with the program," said Page, who previously coached at Raytown High School.
"This was in the discussion when I joined the staff three years ago. We knew the school would grow, and me joining the administrative side came along as the school continued to grow.
"And with everything going on now, with the COVID-19 pandemic and all the decisions we have to make about the end of the current school with graduation (which is tentatively scheduled for June 16), it was just the right time to make the transition."
The Guardians went 0-9 in their debut season in 2017, they managed 4-6 and 3-7 marks the past two seasons.
"I’m so proud to be a part of St. Michael and I take a lot of pride in the growth and development of our football team," Page said. "We might not have had the success we had hoped for on the field, but working with these young men have been one of the most special parts of my life.
"And now, I will be focusing on academics and logistics at the high school."