PARSONS, Kan. — Kurt Friess announced via Twitter that he is stepping away from the head football coaching position at Parsons High School due to the uncertainty of COVID-19.
“I’m kind of sad because being the head football coach in your hometown is something that anybody that has played the game–I’m the luckiest guy around” Friess said. “Because I guarantee you there’s people all over, if they hear me, they know what it’s like.”
“They love playing high school football and they always dreamed about being the head football coach and I got a chance to do that, so I’m pretty fortunate.”
It wasn’t an easy decision for Friess as both jobs were considered important to him. He mentioned that he was worried about the potential inability to do both jobs really well in reference to his other position as the school principal of Guthridge Elementary.
A little over two years ago, Friess joined the Vikings and helped the team earn its first playoff win since 1976. Parsons defeated Girard 6-0 with the lone touchdown coming from quarterback, and Kurt’s son, Gage Friess as a result of a 45-yard run in the third quarter.
Most recently, the Vikings finished the 2019-2020 season with a record of 2-7. Friess expects next season to be a season worth watching.
It’s undecided who the next coach will be, and Friess didn’t necessarily rule out if he’d coach one day again. Friess does believe whoever takes over the Vikings program will bring the right energy to have Parsons playing postseason football.