The Kansas coaches are opening their offices to high school coaches who wish to visit. On Saturday they had a good group in practice because it was a junior day event.
One of the coaches watching practice that day was Steve Rampy of Staley High School. His offensive lineman Tyler Kerkhoff made an unofficial visit.
Rampy is one of the most recognizable names among local coaches in recent history.
He has seen many drills at all levels and was impressed with the Jayhawks. Offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki calls one of the training segments Class on the Grass.
“I’ve had the pleasure of attending NFL practices and many Big 12 practices at various locations and college practices at all levels,” Rampy said. “But without a doubt it was the best organized since the Class on the Grass started, which I think is an incredibly great name.”
From the minute practice began, Rampy said the players knew what to do.
“Every single second was orchestrated and the kids knew where they needed to be,” he said. “Many people have adopted this practice. Soccer is such a compartmentalized game that you have to go from one thing to the next, losing possession and moving from offense to defense to specialty teams. Gone are the days of going on a period and practicing doing something for 30 minutes. But what they did was just keep these kids moving and jumping right into the exercises and being at full speed and their support team is that good too.”
Two things Rampy noticed was the structure of the training and how the coaches kept the players engaged from start to finish.
“First of all, the organization was just amazing,” said Rampy. “Secondly, the enthusiasm of all the coaches. I mean you have to train on the run when you train, when you train like that and that’s why sometimes you don’t get a chance to corroborate what’s going on, but their staffs had it. I just felt the effort. And the players helped each other.”
Rampy led Blue Valley to eight state championships and won four titles. His next stop was Pittsburg State as offensive coordinator, where he helped lead the Gorillas to a national championship. Rampy returned to the high school ranks at Lawrence High, where he coached Kansas players Devin Neal and Cole Mondi.
Two years ago, he accepted a position at Staley, one of the top programs in the Kansas City area. He has met Leipold before at coaching clinics and when he signed Neal, who was graduating from Lawrence High. Rampy spoke to Leipold at practice on Saturday. He was in the area and watched all the good programs.
“He’s a great man,” Rampy said of Leipold. “He reminds you so much of what Coach Snyder did at K-State because he does everything with high integrity and in the right way and involves his staff. Bill Snyder is one of the greatest coaches in my life. What he did and built at K-State was amazing and I see a lot of similarities between these two guys.”