Friess resigns as Parsons head football coach

Kurt Friess led the Vikings to their first playoff win in 42 years.
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PARSONS, Kan. – Parsons High School head football coach Kurt Friess announced his decision to resign on Tuesday, after two years leading the program.

Friess says he made the decision in an effort to focus more on his job as elementary school principal.

“With the potential uncertainty of how things are going to happen this summer and fall, being an elementary principal is the most important job I have,” Friess says, “Those kids in my building, I love and care for. So I just thought, as much as I love being the head football coach of the Parsons Vikings, we’d be better off with somebody who has a little less on their plate.”

Friess led the team to an even 10-10 record the last two seasons. In his first year as head coach in 2018, he led Parsons to its first playoff win in 42 years and an appearance in the state quarterfinals.

“This is probably one of the toughest decisions I’ve made in a long, long time. Just because being the head football coach in your home town is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Friess adds, “I’m an elementary principal until 4 o’clock every day, and that’s not really fair to those high school kids. We move practice back so I can get there on time. It’s kind of selfish of me to stay as head football coach when those kids need somebody there that’s in that building, doing the same thing for those high school kids that I do for those 4th and 5th grade kids every day.”