Lincoln Names New Head Football Coach With Rich Tradition

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
With a lot of wondering and speculation about who would be Lincoln’s next head football coach, the search ended last week with the announcement on Thursday of new head coach Brad Drehle. 
Needless to say, it looks like the Lincoln administration did a great job and that the great tradition of Lincoln football will continue for many years to come.
Coach Drehle, 52, a former quarterback with Missouri Valley has a very impressive resume The most impressive part may well be his time as head coach at Blair Oaks. His teams went 97-22 in nine seasons with a Class 2 State Championship in 2006, second place finishes in 2007, 2012, five Final Fours and six quarterfinals.
Coach Drehle  has been a head football coach  for 17 years with five years at William Chrisman High School with one Class Five District Championship and was named the Blue Springs Examiner Coach of the Year in 2002. He coached at Waynesville for three years and for the last two years served as an assistant coach at Kirkwood High School. He has an overall record of 122-79.
Before becoming a head coach he served as offensive coordinator at Fort Zumwalt for two years and at Oak Grove High School for eight years.
Coach Drehle is a family man having been married to Carey Drehle for 26 years with two adult sons, Mikel, 23, a senior at Hastings College and Braden, 20, a sophomore at Morningside College. His wife Carey is currently the principal of Freedom Elementary in the Waynesville and has recently accepted the Superintendent position for the Montrose school district.
Coach Drehle recently retired from teaching after 29 years. At Lincoln, he will devote his full time to coaching football.
When asked about why he was coming to Lincoln, Coach Drehle commented,"The tradition has been established here and I am excited about this program.”
Coach Drehle was also asked about his philosophy of football. “I  take pride in all we will do. We will play up tempo and wear teams down because we will be in better shape. I believe in taking kids in the weight room to uncomfortable places they have never been before.
I believe in raising the bar. Every class sets a bar and the next class raises the bar.”
Coach Drehle commented about the kicking game and specials teams, "I am happy that we have a kicker that can kick the ball into the end zone. Special teams can change a game.”
When asked about being a former quarterback, Coach Drehle said he would he hands on with the quarterback position and would be involved with all aspects of the game.
Coach Drehle is an avid fisherman and should fit in well with all of the capable fishermen at Lincoln High School.
The Lincoln community welcomes Coach Drehle to Lincoln High School and looks forward to the upcoming season.