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Football notebook: White takes the wheel at Webster Groves; Elmendorf steps down at Duchesne

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Webster Groves vs. Parkway South football

Webster Groves' Sean Patrick Keegan keeps the ball during a football game against Parkway South on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at Parkway South High School in Ballwin, Mo. Randy Kemp | Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

The Webster Groves football team is under new leadership.

Again.

Conner White, Webster Groves coach

Conner White 

Conner White has been hired as the Statesmen’s new football coach. He’s the third coach for the program since the 2021-22 school year began. White takes the place of Munir Prince, who resigned in March to take an assistant coaching position at Eastern Michigan University. Prince replaced Matt Buha, who resigned in early November after two seasons with the program and an 0-12 record.

Prince was the interim coach for the Turkey Day Game against rival Kirkwood and was hired formally in December. Kirkwood won the annual rivalry game 65-0, its eighth consecutive win over Webster Groves.

The Statesmen have been mired in a hard slog as they went 0-10 in the fall, have lost 15 games in a row and are 5-29 the past four seasons. All five wins came in 2019, the last season under former longtime coach Cliff Ice.

White knows exactly the kind of situation he’s taking over because he spent the fall as Webster Groves’ defensive coordinator. He came to the Statesmen in the fall after a three-year stint at Helias, where his duties included special teams coordinator and head strength coach. White played collegiately at Central Methodist for three seasons.

Vince Morris Duchesne

Vince Morris has been hired at Duchesne's new football coach. He takes over for Charlie Elmendorf who has retired after 26 years at his alma mater. Photo provided by Duchesne. 

MORRIS TAKES OVER AT DUCHESNE

Vince Morris has huge shoes to fill after being named Duchesne’s new coach in March. He takes over for Charlie Elmendorf, who announced his retirement according to a press release by the school. Elmendorf has been a staple at Duchesne and in St. Charles County for nearly three decades. A 1976 Duchesne graduate, Elmendorf spent 26 years as the Pioneers football coach and also was a successful girls basketball coach in his tenure.

Duchesne went 8-3 in the fall with two losses coming against Class 2 champion Lutheran St. Charles. The Pioneers were 17-5 the last two seasons and won a district title in 2020, the first for the program since 2012. Elmendorf led the football team to 10 of its 15 district championships.

Morris spent the past three seasons at Vianney as an assistant coach following a six-year stint as an assistant at Tolton.

Duchesne is expected to return a significant portion of its roster as it relied on an abundance of underclassmen the past two seasons.

St. Charles football practice

St. Charles coach Bob Leonard talks to his team after a football practice on Monday, July 26, 2021 at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo. Paul Halfacre, STLhighschoolsports.com

McMULLEN STEPS IN AT ST. CHARLES

After 12 seasons at St. Charles, coach Bob Leonard retired this winter. Dan McMullen will step in as the next head coach of the Pirates. His hire was announced by the St. Charles High activities department’s Twitter account.

The Pirates were 1-9 the last two seasons. St. Charles has finished .500 or better twice since 2005. It went 6-5 in 2014 and 5-5 in 2015. It won its most recent district title in 2003.

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