Shawnee High School Hall of Famer Kevin Paxson is returning home to take over head coaching duties for the Wolves' baseball team, it was announced Monday after he was confirmed as the new coach at the Shawnee Board of Education meeting.
Paxson is coming back to Shawnee after spending the last two years coaching at Putnam City with previous stops at Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma Baptist University and St. Gregory's. He graduated from OBU and was previously the assistant coach at Shawnee from 2001-2003.
Returning to the school to coach is something that Paxson is looking forward to, athletic director Todd Boyer said.
“He's excited to be back home,” he said.
Paxson will take over for Boyer, who stepped down from his coaching role after the Wolves' historic undefeated 2017 season to take on the position of athletic director at the school. The Wolves finished the season with a 40-0 record to be the top team in the country in several national polls and had three seniors with Division 1 college commitments.
Boyer coached Paxson for his junior and senior seasons at the high school and with his coaching pedigree, is happy to hand over the reigns to the Shawnee native.
“He deserves to be in charge of this program,” Boyer said.
Three other coaching decisions were made at the meeting as well.
Mike Idleman was approved as social studies teacher and head boys tennis coach and John Stobbe was approved to take over the role of head coach of the girls tennis team. Stobbe stepped in last year from his middle school coaching position to take the helm from coach Kelli Parsons.
Boyer was pleased to have the chance to split the coaching duties and when the opportnity presented itself he was glad to take it, he said. Idleman will also spend time helping on the football team as an assistant coach with the varsity team.
Boyer said he was also excited to see Kaitlyn Lucy take over as the new volleyball coach after being in the works since last school year.
“She has a young, energetic and bright mind,” he said.
The four hires are a big first step for Boyer and the athletic department is excited about the new coaches, he said.
“We feel fortunate to have all those guys on staff.”