by Ivan Foley
Pack another meaningful award into the equipment bag of longtime Platte County Pirate head football coach Chip Sherman.
Sherman, who is leaving Platte County after 20 very successful years as head coach, found out last week he will be enshrined into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Though obviously excited at the honor, Sherman was humble in his comments after finding out about his selection. In an interview with The Landmark, he said he was fortunate to take over a program where a good work ethic “was in place” and added “we had a bunch of good kids” in his time at Platte County.
Though back in 1988 he may have taken over a program that wasn’t completely depleted, Sherman certainly took the program to a level not often seen. His teams won three consecutive Class 3 state titles from 2000 through 2002, finishing unbeaten all three years.
In his 20 years at the helm, Sherman compiled an overall record of 191-37, a winning percentage of .838. His teams often were high-powered offensively, as Sherman was never shy about putting the ball in the air.
Platte County’s 52-game winning streak ended in the first round of the 2003 playoffs and still stands as the second longest in the history of Missouri high school football.
His Pirate squads won 10 league championships, 12 district titles and never finished at .500 or below. In 10 seasons his teams won at least 10 games.
Sherman has accepted the head football coaching position at Salina South High School in Salina, Ks. Last year, Salina South finished only 2-7, and Sherman acknowledges his work is cut out for him if he wants to find immediate success at his new school. He recently told The Landmark one of the early challenges he is facing at Salina South is to stress to his new players the importance of getting to the weight room.
His induction into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday, July 19 at 12:30 p.m. on the campus of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.
The induction is held in conjunction with the Missouri Football Coaches Association annual football clinic and the Missouri Lions All-Star Game.
Sherman and his wife, Angela, have four grown children. Angela is a track and cross country coach at Platte County High School who will remain at R-3 for the time being, Sherman said.