by Steve Peterson
Clint McKee hopes to continue to be on the football sidelines this Fall but it won’t be as the West Sioux head football coach.
The West Sioux School Board voted to accept McKee’s resignation at the Dec. 17 meeting. McKee has coached the Falcons as head coach since 2009 and for 19 total seasons. The Falcons had a 2-7 record in 2012.
“We had a gentleman’s agreement that when the time had come, I would step aside and they would hire someone from the staff,” said McKee, who does not work otherwise at the school.
“I hope to stay on as an assistant coach but I’m keeping my options open,” said McKee, 45, reflecting on his West Sioux years.
“I’m the only coach to win a playoff game; they can’t take that away,” said McKee.
He said the job of being head coach and coaching in general is very satisfying. The West Sioux alum works at Golden Crisp in Sioux Center.
McKee explained he told the team after the 2012 season was over that he would not be the head coach next Fall.
“When you’re struggling and the wins aren’t there, the one thing is if you have taught one kid one thing, then it was worth it. It’s about life’s lessons, about being competitive, but also about respecting adults, coaches, teachers and each other,” said McKee.
McKee specialized in coaching line players over the years and several have won post-season honors or gone to play in college. These include Jared Vlotho who just finished at University of Sioux Falls; Ray Schiefen, Dakota State University; Blake Hoogland University of South Dakota; Wayne Toft, Morningside College; and many others.
The Falcons made the playoffs in McKee’s first year as head coach, 2009, with a memorable 10-6 win at Lawton-Bronson. A seven-yard touchdown pass from Nathaniel Ericson to Austin Petersen provided the winning score, and Steve Topete had a field goal and an extra point.
It marked the fourth time during McKee’s tenure for a post-season bid with a 4-5 overall record. The Falcons had to travel to Council Bluffs to take on St. Albert in the first playoff game and lost, 52-13. The Falcons were up against Albert quarterback Jake Waters, who is expected to play at Kansas State University, a major power, next Fall. Dillon McKee had 165 yards rushing in one game, a 38-12 win over Westwood Sloan, and Nathaniel Ericson had two touchdown passes in a 24-14 win over South O’Brien. Final West Sioux record was 4-6.
In what would be McKee’s final game during his tenure as head coach, the Falcons won, 20-8, at Alta-Aurelia on Oct. 19, 2012, for a 2-7 overall record, 2-5 district.
The final record for the Falcons was 2-7 and 2-5 district games for a 14-26 overall record in the 2009 – 2012 McKee era.