Pittsburg High School names Lattimer head football coach

Josh Lattimer will lead the Purple Dragons this fall.
Josh Lattimer Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg High School announced on Tuesday the hiring of Josh Lattimer to be the school’s next head football coach.

“It means the world to me,” Lattimer says of being named Pittsburg’s head coach, “Since 1965 there have only been three head coaches here at Pittsburg High School. Those three men, Larry Garman, Merle Clark and Tom Nickelson, are vital keys to the success that’s happened here. It’s an honor to me to be able to try to fulfill what they established as a foundation.”

Lattimer currently serves as the school’s strength and conditioning coach, which he was hired to be in May 2021. He’ll stay in that position with the school in addition to being head football coach.

He met with assistant coaches and players on Tuesday morning after the announcement.

“They’re excited and I’m excited for them,” Lattimer says of visiting with the team, “There were a few guys who got a little teary-eyed, I got a little emotional, too. They know they mean something to me and I’ll be there for them. I feel like I just gained 100 new sons, and I’m excited about that.”

Prior to joining the Pittsburg school district, Lattimer was the defensive line coach at Pittsburg State from 2017-2020.

He also has prior head coaching experience, serving as head coach at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa in 2013.

“I was very fortunate to have great high school coaches and college coaches, and they taught me how to be a man,” Lattimer says of coaching, “As a young kid, I could have gone down a different path, but I had those people to put me in line. That’s why I coach. I think this is the best profession in the world. It pays you back when you see kids be successful.”

The Fort Scott native played football collegiately at Pittsburg State. He earned All-MIAA recognition as a player in his final three seasons from 2003-2005, and also earned All-America recognition in 2004 and 2005. He helped Pitt State to a 14-1 overall record in his junior season in 2004, when the Gorillas finished as the Division II National Runner-up.

He was inducted into the Pitt State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

As for what he will bring to the Pittsburg High School program beginning this fall:

“We’re going have what we call “D.A.T.” We’re going to be disciplined, we’re going to be accountable and we’re going to be tough. That’s how we’re going to approach each game. It’s going to be hard-nosed football, because that’s all I know. We’re going to do the best we can do have our guys prepared every week and have them ready to rock and roll. The calendar is getting set today. I like to have a plan of attack. I’m excited to get out there. It never stops when you’re a football coach. We’re getting ready for Emporia already.”

“I appreciate the support of the community, the committee and the board,” Lattimer finishes, “Most importantly, I appreciate my wife, Nicole, and all of my children. They’re excited for this.”