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McAuley Names New Football Coach/AD; Moves to 8-Man Football

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Press Release from McAuley High School

McAuley Catholic High School introduced Randy Robertson to parents and staff Thursday as the school’s new athletic director.  Robertson, the 2014 Ozark 7 Conference Basketball Coach of the Year, is McAuley’s varsity boys basketball coach. He is replacing Brendan Gubera, who held the AD and head football coaching positions since his return to the school in 2012.  Gubera has taken an academic and coaching position with Carl Junction High School.

“Coach Gubera was a vital part of our scholastic and athletic programming at McAuley and served our system tremendously,” Principal Gene Koester said, “and all of us at the school wish him the best.” 

Robertson will continue in his role as boys varsity basketball coach. “Coach Robertson is coming off a 17-win basketball season, one of the best seasons the boys team has had in a while,” Koester added. “And now he steps into the AD role, one he has served in the past. He has the right job experience and knows our system well so he is the perfect person for the position.” 

John Wilkerson was introduced as the new varsity football coach. He will be assisted by Mike Howard and Evan Hotulka, who already are on the school’s athletic staff, and Patrick Hughes. Wilkerson has extensive previous head coaching experience both at the high school level and a level above, as he led the Joplin Crusaders football team. His past work with McAuley football included time as the team’s defensive coordinator.  “Coach Wilkerson has a vast knowledge of high school football, including some experience with the 8-man game.” Koester noted.  “We have a lot of skilled players who will be fun to watch and he will be a perfect fit as we transition into this format in the fall.”

Though a return to 11-man football may come as soon as next year, the number of players for this year’s squad fell to a level better suited to the 8-man game.  Other smaller Class 1 schools in the area have made a similar move, such as Greenfield High school in 2013. “If the numbers are not up and we play 11 man, a couple of injuries can jeopardize the entire season,” Coach Wilkerson said. “It makes much more sense to field a talented and highly competitive squad in the 8-man game for this year.”

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