Lecher Hits 100 Wins As Cardinal Head Coach (Updated)

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Chadron High football coach Mike Lecher hit a career milestone last Friday after the Cardinals blew out Gering 42-6. The win was the 100th of his Cardinal career for the 16th year head coach.

Hitting the century mark moves his Chadron High record to 100-49.

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.

For as far back as history goes, Gordon “Fuzz” Watts, Cardinal coach from 1954 to 1964, is 3rd with a record of 79-17-4.

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.

He was also tabbed to coach in all-star games three times in the Sunflower state.

The three stops combined, his career record sits at 152-99.

Lecher has led Chadron to 12 playoff appearances over that time with his teams advancing out of the first round seven of those appearances. His best team came back in 2008 when they reached the semifinals before falling to Pierce.

Lecher has twice been named a head coach of the West Nebraska All-Star game.

This year’s 4-0 start is the best by a Lecher led Cardinal team since 2009.

Chadron is at Mitchell on Friday.

(Information courtesy of Con Marshall & Kansas HS Football History contributed to this story)

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