Pick ready for challenge as college football’s youngest head coach
WICHITA — He might be the youngest college football coach in the nation at any level, but Kale Pick is not concerned about the age difference and welcomes the challenge. At 28 years old, he’s taken over the Fort Scott Community College football program, becoming the 32nd head coach in school history.
“You’re aware of it,” Pick said. “It just lets you know there is no room for mistakes.”
Fort Scott is coming off a 4-7 season under Curtis Horton in 2016 — but that was the program’s most wins in a season since 2009.
Many new faces will come into Fort Scott, including some new coaches. Pick is keying off Division I experience, as these players’ goals will be to move onto the next level.
“It’s good to have these guys on the staff with D-I talent,” Pick said. “When you have guys preaching what to do and they have the experience to back up what they’re saying, it can go along way.”’
Every coach on the staff is from a Division I program, including assistant head coach Richard Jefferson.
Pick’s Kansas roots go deep. As a high school quarterback at Dodge City, he eventually went to the University of Kansas, beginning there as a quarterback and finishing at wide receiver. Once his playing time was done, he immediately jumped into coaching as a graduate assistant before learning from Jake Spavital at Texas A&M.
“Everything I’ve known in coaching is from coach Spavital,” Kale said. “I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t learned under him.”
Fort Scott’s climb back to national prominence will be steep. But for Pick, it’s one step at time going forward.
“It’s a challenge for sure,” first year head coach Kale Pick said. “Accountability is key.”
Fort Scott played for the NJCAA National Championship in 2009 under former head coach and current Garden City head coach Jeff Sims. But since then, Fort Scott is just 23-44.
“This isn’t going to be easy,” Pick said. “We have the support of the administration and we have players who want to be here and win.
“I have no doubt we can get back to the level Fort Scott used to be at.”