After six years at the helm of a successful Pratt High School football team, Jamie Cruce announced he will be leaving for a similar position at Campus High School in Haysville this summer.
Jamie Cruce has spent the last six years as head football coach for Pratt High School, as well as teaching weight lifting, but when fall football season rolls around this year he will be leading the Campus High School team in Haysville. He will take the head football coach position there and teach weight lifting.
Cruce has had a long career in coaching football; before Pratt, he spent 12 years at Bethany College, 6 of them as the defensive coordinator and the other 6 as head coach. Priot to that, he was at Northern State University and Anderson University, each for one year.
In his career at Pratt High School, Cruce has done many wonderful things for the program. He leaves with a 42-21 record, with a state title in 2016 and runner-up in 2018. Cruce also won Kansas High School Coach of the Year in 2016.
“The players really bought into what we were doing and the community and administration are extremely supportive,” said Cruce. “We were also fortunate to have some very talented players and certainly a great group of assistant coaches.”
Although he is leaving, Cruce said he wishes the best for the Greenbacks and will always think of himself as a part of the Greenback family. He said he looks forward to following their successes yet to come.
Leaving Pratt was a tough decision for Cruce, but one he is ready to face.
“Campus hasn’t been a traditionally strong program, however Coach Slade has done a great job in recent years of raising the standards and they have increased their win totals in each of the past 3 seasons,” said Cruce, “We know it will be a challenge, but one that we will embrace, just as we did when we moved to Pratt.”
Cruce and his wife, Amy, have four children, Dillion, 14, Ava, 10, Austin, 8 and Jacob, 6.