2018 Hall of Fame


  • Laurel HobickTruman/Cass-Midway/Piper

    Hobick was born in Danville, Illinois in 1932 and graduated from Oakwood Township High School in Illinois in 1950. He attended college at William Jewell and served in the United States Marine Corps before returning to Oakwood Township to teach and coach in 1957. He was the head football coach at Oakwood for three years before moving on to Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona in 1961. Hobick returned to the Metro as the first head football and wrestling coach at Truman High School in Independence when it opened in the fall of 1964. During his time at Truman, he was named The Independence Examiner Coach of the Year in 1967. From there he moved on to Cass-Midway High School. Hobick led the Vikings to state championships in 1976 and 1978 with the 1976 team finishing a perfect 13-0. Cass-Midway won six Western Missouri Conference championships during his nine-years with the program. Hobick closed out his coaching career at Piper. The Pirates won four Kaw Valley League titles and two district titles. He was named The Kansan Coach of the Year in 1993 and the Cecil Patterson Kansas City Metro Coach of the Year in 1997. He finished his coaching career with a record of 234-192. He is a member of the William Jewell Football Hall of Fame. Hobick passed away in 2017 at the age of 84.

  • Gary O'NealHardin Central

    O'Neal was born in 1952 in Marshall, Missouri where he grew up and graduated high school in 1970. He then attended the University of Missouri where he graduated in 1974. In the fall of 1974 O'Neal began his coaching and teaching career at Hardin Central High School. He served as an assistant coach for two seasons before taking over head coaching duties in 1976. The next 28 seasons saw Hardin Central turn into a small school power. As one of the smallest schools in Class 1 the Bulldogs were one of the winningest programs. Hardin Central finished with 10 undefeated regular season, 16 conference championships, 12 district titles, six trips to the Class 1 semifinals, four appearances in the Show-Me Bowl and state titles in 1980 and 1987. O'Neal finished his coaching career in 2003 with a record of 239-52-1 in 28 seasons which ranks No. 1 all time in Class 1. During that span he was named the Missouri coach of the year three times. O'Neal is a member of the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Farley, Missouri.

  • Kyle RoachPleasant Hill

    Roach was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska in 1963 before moving to Lexington, Missouri. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1981 and then graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1985. He began his teaching and coaching career at Wellington-Napoleon High School in 1986 as the head football coach. During his time at Wellington-Napoleon his teams went 40-29. In 1994 he moved to Mountain Grove where he was the head football coach until 1999. Roach returned to the Metro in 1999 to take over the program at Pleasant Hill. During his time there, the Roosters went 93-80 and were one of the most consistent Missouri Class 3 teams in the Metro. He finished his career as an assistant at Oak Park the last three seasons. During his coaching career Roach's teams made the playoffs nine times, won four conference championships and five district titles. Roach also led his teams to the state quarterfinals three times. He was also the Missouri coach of the 2007 GKCFCA Kansas vs. Missouri All-Star Game. Roach not only made his mark on the field. He has been an active member of the GKCFCA during his career. He has been a board member since 2005 and was President in 2011-12. He continues working for with the GKCFCA even today. Roach is also a member of the Missouri Football Coaches' Hall of Fame. Kyle and his wife live in Pleasant Hill.

  • Ross KeithOak Park/Winnetonka/Orrick

    Ross was the head coach at Oak Park from 1984-2011 and began his career in North Kansas City Schools in 1979. He attended William Jewell College and finished his undergraduate work in three years. He would later earn a master's degree in administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the fall of 1979, he was a student teacher and an assistant football coach at Winnetonka High School, and later that semester was offered a teaching contract with a spot on the coaching staff. Ross later was head baseball coach at Winnetonka from 1982 through the spring of 1985, during which time Winnetonka won its conference and two district titles before clinching state in 1985. By the fall of 1985, Ross became the head coach at Oak Park High He finished with a record of 184 wins and 107 losses, three conference titles, 12 district titles, and second at state —losing to Hazelwood Central 21-20 in the 1996 5A title game. In his 32½ years with the district, he coached all 32, while serving 31 as head coach. In addition to teaching, and coaching baseball and football at Winnetonka, he coached basketball there for six years. At Oak Park he also coached basketball for a couple years in addition to football and baseball. During his tenure at Oak Park, he was the athletic director for 15 years and assistant principal for 12. In recognition of his outstanding career accomplishments, Ross was named to the Missouri Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007.

  • Troy HodgesHarmon

    Hodges was born in Lebo, Kansas in 1945 and attended Lebo schools before moving on to Emporia State University. He began his teaching and coaching career at Osawatomie before moving to Harmon. At Harmon he was the head football and wrestling coach from 1977-2002. His team's won nine conference titles and qualified for the state playoffs once in his tenure. Hodges was named the Cecil Patterson Kansas City Metro Football Coach of the Year in 2000. As a wrestling coach his team's won 12 league titles and 29 tournament championships. Hodges was instrumental in promoting the sport helping to organize the Metro Classic All-Star Wrestling Dual. He is a member of the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. Hodges is also a member of the Harmon High Schools Sports Hall of Fame and the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame. Hodges passes away in 2011 but a scholarship fun in his name has raised thousands of dollars for Harmon students.

  • Glenn Percy Shawnee Mission East

    Percy was born in 1928 in Carlyle, Kansas. He graduated from Iola High School in 1946 and worked various jobs before a career in the Navy that lasted until 1952 when he finished his undergraduate college education at Washburn University. After Washburn, Percy embarked on a teaching and coaching career that included nine high schools and two colleges spanning 48 years. His stops included Pleasanton, Kingman, Ponca City, Coffeyville, Hutchinson, Shawnee Mission East, Wichita West, Iola, Yates Center, Hutchinson Community College and Ottawa University. He won league titles at Coffeyville and Hutchinson High School. Percy was named the Cecil Patterson Kansas City Metro Coach of the Year and Chiefs Coach of the Year while at East. Percy also served as head coach in the Kansas Shrine Bowl, the Kansas City Big Brothers and Big Sisters All Star Game and the KC Metro Dream Classic. He is also a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Percy passed away in 2014.


The Simone Family

The Simone Family has been a part of high school football in the Metro for more than 35 years. Their work began after the tragic death of their 12-year old son Tommy who was killed by a police patrol wagon in 1983. Tommy's death motivated the family to give back to the community in honor of their son's short but remarkable life. Tommy influenced those around him from teammates to coaches and the family wanted to share his life through charitable acts. In the fall of 1983 the Simone's began the Thomas A. Simone Memorial Football Award to be presented annually to the most outstanding high school football player in the Kansas City Metro. It was a continuation of the Dr. D.M. Nigro Award that was given out from 1931 until Dr. Nigro's death in 1976. The one award has grown into five and the annual event is the most prestigious football awards in the Metro. The family has raised thousands of dollars for area charities through its Simone-Fontana Foundation and continue their work today.


Don DavisOlathe South/Kansas/New Orleans Saints/Tampa Bay Buccaneers/St. Louis Rams/New England Patriots

Davis was born in Olathe in 1972 and graduated from Olathe South in 1990 where he earned All-Sunflower League and All-Metro honors as well as being a team captain for the Falcons. He moved on to the University of Kansas where he played for four years and was a starter for the final three years of his career. He averaged 79 tackles a game his junior and senior seasons and finished his career with 238 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. After Kansas Davis went undrafted but that didn't stop him from having a long NFL career. He began as an undrafted free agent with the Saints in 1996. He spent two seasons in New Orleans before being traded to Tampa Bay. While with the Buccaneers he would play in all 16 games in 2000. From there he went to St. Louis for two years before joining the Patriots where he would win two Super Bowl rings. His career ended after the 2005 season and he moved into coaching with the Patriots before stepping out of football for a while. Davis currently works for the NFL Players Association and lives in Washington, D.C.

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