Chas Thompson returning to SEK to lead Labette County boys wrestling program

Thompson has spent the last 12 years coaching at Fort Hays State University.

The Labette County High School boys wrestling team has a new head coach.

“We’re super excited. I mean it’s a home run hire for us,” says Labette County Athletic Director Sean Price. 

Chas Thompson has been hired to take over the program, after spending the last 12 years coaching in college at Division II Fort Hays State University. 

“This was a family decision for me,” Thompson says, “It was something I wanted to do. We wanted to get closer to our families.”

Thompson is an SEK guy.

He grew up in Parsons and wrestled in college at Labette before moving on to wrestle at Fort Hays State. 

“I’m a product of my environment. I’m proud to be from southeast Kansas,” Thompson adds, “I love the old SEK rivalries with Labette County High School and your Chanutes, your Coffeyvilles, your Pittsburgs, Columbus.”

“He’s a name in this area that everybody knows,” Price adds, “I guarantee you there’s not a school around here that wouldn’t have wanted to hire him.”

While Thompson will take over the boys program, former Grizzlies coach Jason Storm is not going anywhere.

He will now coach the girls wrestling squad at LCHS. 

“Our girls program took off last year,” Price says, “We had a good showing at state. Our numbers are increasing. We feel like the girls, as well as the boys deserve their own coach, their own time, and their own person who is working just with them.” 

For Thompson this is his first high school coaching job. He was the head coach at Pratt Community College for two years before going to Fort Hays State.

He’s excited to get started, and start competing in a tough SEK league that produced the 4A state champion last season in Chanute. 

“It’s going to take some time,” Thompson finishes, “I got to get some things going, but obviously the goal is to try to catch the Chanute Blue Comets. Right now it’s Chanute, and all the other schools are a little bit behind. So our goal is to kind of see if we can catch up to Albright and the things he has going on up there.”