Area coaches named Harrisburg’s Steve Hopkins the KRES Coach of the Year as revealed at Wednesday’s KRES All-Star banquet at MACC. Harrisburg finished 6-5 with its first-ever district victory at Paris. Hopkins reacted to the award after his first season in the KRES area.

Harrisburg’s six victories in 2019 matched the program’s combined win total from its first five years of varsity football. Hopkins explained how he developed the program.

Harrisburg lost its season opener versus Paris before five straight wins. A Bulldogs team with just six upperclassmen then dropped its next three contests before it beat the Coyotes in a postseason rematch.

The KRES Coach of the Year presented KRES All-Star honors to Harrisburg sophomore receiver Jace Carr.

Hopkins earned a 42-12 mark in five years at Odessa in west Missouri before three league titles and six playoff appearances at Basehor-Linwood in Kansas. Hopkins later served one year as a Southern Boone assistant then accepted the Harrisburg head job. Hear a full interview with KRES Coach of the Year Steve Hopkins below.

Harrisburg’s KRES Coach of the Year Steve Hopkins: