Park Hill will have a new boys basketball coach next season.
David Garrison, who helmed the Trojans for eight seasons, will move on to become the activities director at Winnetonka. He recently submitted his resignation, and no replacement has been named yet.
“Was a tough decision. But it is a great position, and I am excited about the opportunity,” Garrison said.
Garrison amassed a 105-99 record at Park Hill, leading the Trojans to the state playoffs for the first time since 1995 after winning the Class 5 District 16 crown in 2014. They went 21-6 this past season with star guard Landry Shamet, signed to play at Wichita State, with five of the six losses to state finalists — Blue Springs South (Class 5 champion), Park Hill South (three times, Class 5 state runnerup) and Basehor-Linwood (Class 4A runner-up in Kansas).
Garrison began his coaching career as an assistant at Chillicothe before three years as head coach in Excelsior Springs. He led the Tigers to the postseason in 2006, winning the Class 4 District 16 championship against St. Joseph Benton.
Garrison leaves with an overall career record of 119-160.
“David Garrison revived Park Hill High School basketball,” Park Hill activities director Bill Erneste said. “He created a program that is respected by many, and we will miss him dearly. We wish him well in his advancement into administration.”