Lee’s Summit North is turning to a familiar face to replace another one.
Ryan Kelley, the Broncos girls soccer coach and a longtime assistant on the boys team, has been selected to replace Tim Richardson as the boys varsity coach.
Kelley, who replaced Richardson as the Broncos girls coach last season, has been a member of the North soccer staff for 12 years. He started as the C-team coach for two seasons before moving up to coach the junior varsity team. For the past three seasons he worked with Richardson as his varsity assistant.
Kelley holds a US Soccer “D” license along with the NSCAA National and Advanced National diplomas. He is also a part of the physical education department at North.
“We are excited to Ryan leading our boys’ program,” Lee’s Summit North athletic director Mike McGurk said. “He knows the players and will provide us some consistency during this transition. He is a hard worker and is ready and willing to lead both of our varsity soccer programs. We were fortunate to hire Ryan.”
Richardson, who is retiring from teaching and coaching at North, is the only boys’ coach in the school’s history. He has a 452-195-66 record with the Broncos and led them to the state quarterfinals in 2009. He led Lee’s Summit’s boys to the state quarterfinals in 1996.
Richardson also compiled a 291-77-18 record as North’s girls coach, leading the Broncos to a state title in 2000 and second-place finishes in 2002, 2009 and 2012.