Marceline’s Ross takes new job; Dabney announces retirement; Green City hires Schmidli as hoops coach

Southern Boone High School has announced the hiring of Marceline’s Mark Ross as new football coach, according to a Monday press release from the district.

Ross leaves Marceline High School after four successful seasons that saw a combined record of 42-7 and an appearance in the 2021 Class 1 state championship game.  He heads for his new job in mid-Missouri with 11 years of coaching experience and the college and high school levels.

With Marceline now looking for a new coach, Milan will be into the same boat heading into the summer, after the retirement announcement of John Dabney as head coach of the Wildcat football program.  Dabney’s decision, announced to the players early in the week, will bring to a close a career of nearly three decades, with just two stops since 1994.  From 1994 to 2005, Dabney coached in Edina with the Knox County Eagles, before moving west to Milan for the job with the Wildcats in 2006.

This week, more coaching decisions were made, this time bringing changes to the sidelines at Putnam County High School and Green City High School.  The long-time softball and basketball coach at Putnam County and North Harrison, Mike Schmidli, will be leaving the Lady Midgets softball program to become the new head coach of the Green City Lady Gopher basketball program.  Schmidli is replacing Cody Moore, who is leaving Green City for the principal opening at Brashear High School.