The Ritenour School District is pleased to announce that Yarmon Kirksey has been named the new head football coach at Ritenour High School, effective July 1, 2021.
Kirksey brings a wealth of successful high school coaching experience to his new role with the Huskies. A three-time state champion as an assistant football coach, he has more than 22 years of coaching experience in a variety of roles.
Most recently, Kirksey was the defensive coordinator for Lutheran North for the past two seasons. The Crusaders won the 2019 Class 2 football state championship and set a championship game record for fewest yards allowed. Overall, Lutheran North was 19-1 in Kirksey’s two years leading the defensive side of the ball.
He joined the coaching staff at Lutheran North from Webster Groves High School. During his 19 years with the Statesmen, he was an assistant football coach, defensive coordinator, junior varsity head coach and also was an assistant coach on the boys and girls track and field teams. He helped lead Webster Groves to the state football championship in 2002 and 2009 and state runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2010.
Student-athletes under Kirksey’s tutelage as an assistant coach have won numerous all-conference, all-metro, and all-state honors. He currently has several former student-athletes playing football on the college and professional level. He also coaches youth football and baseball.
Kirksey played high school football and baseball at Hazelwood Central High School before accepting a scholarship to play collegiately at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. He earned his undergraduate degree in general studies from Harris Stowe State University.
Kirksey replaces Kyle Wagner as the Huskies football coach. Wagner accepted a position as an educator and head football coach at Sikeston High School in February after one season (1-3) as Ritenour’s head football coach.