Mike Lecher Steps Down As CHS Head Football Coach After 17 Years


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Chadron High football coach Mike Lecher is stepping down after 17 years at the helm and 110 victories. Lecher led the Cardinals to 14 state playoff appearances, including a spot in the semifinals in 2008.

He ranks as the 2nd most winningest coach at Chadron High, trailing only the legendary late Dick Stein, who accumulated a record of 144-71 in 22 seasons.

Lecher got his start in coaching back in 1989 in North Central Kansas at Eastern Heights where he led the Mustangs for six seasons and a 16-36 record. In 1995 he made the switch to West Smith County, now Thunder Ridge, and led them to four playoff appearances through 1999 with a record of 36-14.

Lecher was twice named a head coach of the West Nebraska All-Star game. He was also tabbed to coach in all-star games three times in the Sunflower state.

He will finish with a career record of 162-104 in 28 seasons as a head coach. He will stay on the Chadron High staff as an assistant coach.