Smoky Valley football will have a new face at the helm for the first time in six years, as head coach Chris Hattabaugh is leaving not only the Vikings, but the coaching ranks.

Smoky Valley football will have a new face at the helm for the first time in six years, as head coach Chris Hattabaugh is leaving not only the Vikings, but the coaching ranks.
Hattabaugh will be taking the high school principal and athletic director position with the Elkhart school district starting this next school year, marking the first time in nearly 30 years he hasn’t been a part of a football team.
“At this point, I plan on being a fan at my kids functions rather than coaching,” Hattabaugh said in an email. “It is very bittersweet to leave SV as my family and I have established some great relationships with this community but we are also excited to start a new chapter in our lives.”
Under Hattabaugh, the Vikings were 27-28, with his best season coming in 2013, when Smoky Valley was 7-2 and the Central Kansas League champions. The Vikings missed the playoffs that year after finding themselves in district play against McPherson and Abilene, which was the last season before Class 4A football was split into two divisions.
This past season, the Vikings went 5-5, but made the playoffs despite a slew of injuries. SVHS lost to eventual state champion Andale in the first round.

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