Kevin Wright Plans to Keep Tradition

UNION’S FOOTBALL LEADER: Kevin Wright comes to Union High School as one of the most successful high school coaches in history. He looks forward to his tenure in greater Tulsa.

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Kevin Wright is already busy at his new school. The former head football coach for the nationally ranked Indianapolis, Ind., Warren Central High School Warriors met with the media at the UMAC on March 14 and said he wants to continue the winning ways of the nationally prominent Union football program. He also mentioned that he has met with the players, and he has already set academic and athletic standards, including 6:30 a.m. workouts.

Union Superintendent Cathy Burden made the official announcement about the hiring of Wright on Feb. 28.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Kevin and his family to Union. He brings a list of impressive coaching credentials as well a reputation for enabling his students to excel in both athletics and academics” said Dr. Burden. “He is no stranger to state championships; his students consistently sign for college scholarships; and he has won 22 different Coach of the Year awards, so we know he will fit in quite well at Union,” she said.

Warren Central is a large high school with nearly 4,000 students. In Wright’s six years there (since 2000), his record has been 71-12, and his team has won three straight Class 5A State Championships, which is the largest classification in Indiana. It has also been ranked in the Top 25 teams in the nation four consecutive years. Wright was named one of the 80 “Hottest Coaches” from the NFL to High School by American Football Monthly and LRSS Ports Software in 2005.

Warren Central led the Class 5A in scoring four of the past five years. This past season, they averaged 55.2 points per game, while setting the Indiana state all-time single season rushing and total offense records. Warren Central also owns the National Federation single game rushing record (756 yards) and the 22 State Championship game record for Indiana, including most points in a half (50) vs. Penn High School in the 2003 State game.

In 2005 Warren Central was ranked 5th nationally in Max Preps Final Accumulative National Poll, and during the season as high nationally as number one by Cal Preps, and number three by the “Fab 50” poll.

The naming of Wright to the head coaching position ends a national search which began for Union several months ago when its own nationally ranked head football coach Bill Blankenship announced plans to seek a coaching career at the college level. Wright is expected to assume his fulltime duties at Union in April.

Updated 03-21-2006

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