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Severino Announces Retirement

By 810 Varsity staff, 08/13/19, 11:15AM CDT


Long-time Rockhurst coach will step down after 2019 seaason

All good things must come to an end. Even at Rockhurst.

Though it seemed that would never be the case for Rockhurst football and head coach Tony Severino at the helm, that will be the case starting next season. Severino, who will enter his 37th season at Rockhurst’s head football coach, announced Tuesday morning that he will retired after the 2019 season.

The Hawklets have won seven Missouri state football championships in Severino’s tenure (1983, 1986, 1987, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010) and four other state title game appearances, including last year. Overall, Rockhurst piled up an impressive 338-88-1 mark in Severino’s career.

Throughout his career, Rockhurst would play national ranked foes from Colorado to Bentonville, Arkansas and many battles vs St. Louis area schools.

In 2000, Severino was named the USA Today Coach of the Year, and is a member of Missouri's High School Coaches Hall of Fame.

"Coach Sev has had a major impact on Kansas City high school football during his career, as much or more than anyone in that time," said Bishop Miege head coach Jon Holmes. "He has represented the area on a national stage and has brought great recognition to Kansas City high school football. His impact will be felt for many years to come."

Severino previously coached at Shawnee Mission Northwest, winning a state football title (1981).

Tony Severino has won seven state titles at Rockhurst, and many big games, including at Bishop Miege (above) last year. (Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity)

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