Chip Sherman will be among a distinguished class to enter the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame during a special enshrinement ceremony in the Kansas City Metro Area.
Announced last week, the induction ceremony Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Independence, Mo. will honor 16 individuals, a high school wrestling program and two national championship football teams. Sherman — the legendary Platte County High School football coach — will be among those honored.
The festivities begin with a noon reception and 1 p.m. dinner, followed by the program.
Already a member of multiple halls of fame, Sherman spent 20 years at Platte County and posted 20 winning seasons, leaving the Pirates after the 2007 season with a record of 191-37. His winning percentage of .838 ranks in the top 10 all-time in state history.
Sherman led Platte County to the playoffs 12 times, including state semifinal appearances in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005. Known for disciplined, balanced teams, the biggest highlight in his career came with three straight undefeated Class 3A state championships from 2000 to 2002.
Platte County ended up winning 52 straight games — still the second longest unbeaten streak in state history — starting 10-0 in 2003 before losing to Chillicothe in the Class 3 sectional round, the only loss to the Hornets in program history.
Going back to the 1999 run to the 3A semifinals, the Pirates won 64 of 66 games during a five-year span.
After retiring from Platte County, Sherman continued his coaching career in Kansas with stops at Salina South, Shawnee Mission East and Olathe Northwest in Kansas. His career record stands at 252-70, having reached the 250-win mark last year with Olathe Northwest.
The enshrinement in Independence induction class features Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Bill Maas, Kansas City Royals third baseman Kevin Seitzer, St. Joseph Benton and University of Missouri tight end Martin Rucker and retired Smithville High School girls basketball coach Diana Tingler and Northwest Missouri State University’s 1998 and 1999 national championship football teams. Kansas City businessman James Roberts will receive the President’s Award, given to an individual who supports sports in the state and especially the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
The event marks the first enshrinement in the Kansas City area for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and seventh away from its home in Springfield, Mo. Prior enshrinements were held in St. Joseph, Kirksville, Jefferson City, St. Charles, Columbia and Cape Girardeau.
“We are excited to be showcasing Kansas City and the Northwest Missouri area,” Missouri Sports Hall of Fame president and executive director Jerald Andrews said during a press conference last week at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. “This is a great way for more family and friends of our honorees to be able attend. For us, it’s an important event. For more than two decades, I’ve put an emphasis on honoring not only those from pro sports but also standouts and coaches from high schools and colleges. We invite the community to join us.”
Tickets can be purchased by calling 417-889-3100.
Sponsorship tables of 10, which include an autographed print and recognition in the printed program, can be purchased for $1,500. An individual ticket is $150 and includes a set of trading cards of all honorees.
Other sponsorships are available, including congratulatory ads and trading card recognition.