LITTLE RIVER — Little River High School has hired a new football coach. Kevin Ayers will be replacing Chad Lafferty after 10 seasons.

Ayers is a member of the Bethany College Hall of Fame. He played linebacker as a Swede. Throughout his collegiate career, he made all-conference in 1994 and 1995. He was also named NAIA Academic All-American and was voted “Most Valuable Linebacker” by his teammates in 1995. The Swedes went 7-1 in KCAC in his junior season, and a 10-0 season as a senior captain. He was named the National Association of Sports & PE and Bethany College Physical Education Major of the Year in 1996. Ayers spent 10 years at Jetmore, coaching Hodgeman County High School. While there, Hodgeman County were state champions 2001 and 2003. He was named Kansas’ Coach of the Year in 2001.

Ayers then moved on to Wallace County-Sharon Springs, where he once again became a state champion in 2008. He reached 100 wins in 2009, which marks the fastest coach in Kansas history to reach that mark (103 in 10).

The Redskins finished last season with a 7-2 record in Lafferty's final year.

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