The Kansas Shrine Bowl Board of Directors announced Wednesday the East and West teams for the 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl. These players have been invited to participate in the 45th Annual Kansas Shrine Bowl at Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University on July 28.
The 2018 Head Coaches for Kansas Shrine Bowl are Nemaha Central’s Warren Seitz, leading the East Team and Goddard’s Scott Vang, leading the West. Both coaches will bring a unique perspective into this year’s game, as both competed in the Kansas Shrine Bowl. Warren Sietz played for the East in the 1981 game representing Topeka West and Scott Vang played for the West as a graduate of Wichita Northwest.
“There are players from every level and they get the chance to shine at the Kansas Shrine Bowl,” said Seitz. “That’s one of the many things that makes this such a special game.”
The assistant coaches for the East team are; Walt Alexander, Topeka High; Tom Nickelson, Pittsburg; Mark Smith, Frontenac; Garrett Michael, Sabetha and Shawn Seematter, St. Mary’s-Colgan (Pittsburg). Assistant coaches for the West team are; Steve Martin, Wichita Northwest; Dusty Trail, Bishop Carroll; Tim Lambert, Smoky Valley; Tyson Bauerle, Hesston; Darren Sasse, Smith Center.
“We are very excited about the great group of young men selected for this year’s game,” said B.J. Harris, executive director of the Kansas Shrine Bowl. “These players and coaches now have an incredible opportunity ahead of them, one that is sure to have a lasting impact in their life.”
All Shrine Bowl events are produced and presented to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. SHC is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay. The 45th Annual Kansas Shrine Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. July 28 2018, in Pittsburg. Tickets and additional information are available at www.kansasshrinebowl.com or by calling 800-530-5524.