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Coach Bouchard looking to step right in and keep Shawnee Mission East rolling

Interview with coach below

Jay Binkley
January 22, 2018 - 8:15 am
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After Dustin Delaney stepped down as head coach of Shawnee Mission East after the 2017 season they now they have found their guy in Coach Fred Bouchard who brings 5 state championships from Missouri to Kansas to be the head coach.  Shawnee Mission East won a state title in 2014 under Dustin Delaney.  Delaney had a record of 52-8 at Shawnee Mission East.

Coach Bouchard was a state champion at Harrisonville in 2003, runner up in 2004, state champion in 2005, 2006 ,2007 in class 3.  He won it as well in class 5 at Staley in 2011.

I reached out to Coach Bouchard on a few things:

1. Q: Was the itch to coach again something that drove you to this job?  A: That draw has always been there and I knew even as I moved off the sideline that at some point I may jump back into coaching.  The fact a premier program like Shawnee Mission East is the school made it even more attractive.  The past couple years away has allowed me to assist in doing some things here in the NKC Schools such as helping oversee the bonds projects at NKC High School, two new elementary schools, developing straight feeders, implementing MS football, wrestling, cheer and flags and putting up lights at Oak Park and Winnetonka. In addition, I’ve been able to complete my doctorate during these last two years.

 2. Q: What are your thoughts on taking over a program like Shawnee Mission East?  A: This is the first time I’ve taken over a job that wasn’t in a rebuild or start up mode so it’s a little bit different.  Obviously, Coach Delaney and his coaches have been doing some outstanding work with these young men and so the guys will be familiar with the traits that surround success.  However, we will also install some of our traditions and unique qualities of the program I’m familiar with which has allowed us to be successful too. There are so many great attributes to this program which is so exciting for an incoming coach.

 3. Q: They have been know for the flexbone offense, what type of offense do you plan on installing?  A: Always have loved option football and it’s been a staple of our program from day one as a head coach.  However, we haven’t run it out of the flexbone but we teach many of the same principles.  Hard-nosed and down-hill football is an expectation for both offenses so we’re excited the guys we work with have grown up with that foundation.  

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