Randy Dreiling leaving Hutchinson football for Aquinas

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:04:26 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 13 2013 07:06:45 PM CST

Hutchinson High School head football coach Randy Dreiling has announced plans to takeover as head coach of St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City.

"This place in Hutch, they've been so good to us.  Our staff is so good. The community is so good. They're going to be successful, everything is in place," said Dreiling.

In a Facebook post, U.S.D 308 said Dreiling told his team about the move Friday morning.

"I was here for 17 years, and we've built this program from the ground up. The community bought in, and I'm so grateful for that."

In a phone interview with KWCH Sports Reporter Jenn Bates, Dreiling explained just how hard it was to leave the Salthawk program he led to 7 State titles.

"It was really difficult to pull the trigger, to make this decision. Every where I look there are license plates with an 'H-Hawk' on it. Every piece of clothing I own has an 'H-Hawk' on it. You look at the kids lifting, there is just so much that reminds you what a great situation you have at Hutch."

In his 17 seasons, Dreiling had a 160-38 record, winning seven state titles and making nine championship game appearances in 10 seasons.

"Personally, I will always consider Hutch my home, other than my birth place."

Even though Hutchinson is home, Dreiling is looking forward to moving closer to family. He has two adult children who live in the Kansas City area, in addition to a son graduating from college on Friday.

"It was a three-week process to make a decision.  At 3:30am last night, I was laying in bed, thinking I can't do it. There's no way I can do this. But I woke up and I said 'Let's do this'."

Hutchinson High School will begin the search for Dreiling's replacement immediately, led by Athletic Director Eric Armstrong.