Hamel Named Rock Hills Football Coach


Rock Hills High School has found their new head football coach.  Colby Hamel will take over the position left vacant by the resignation of Brock McMillan in March.  Hamel has been approved by the USD 107 Board of Education and will also be teaching various classes.  He comes to Rock Hills after being an assistant coach the past two seasons at Lakin High School, his alma mater.  He was also most recently the head coach for the middle school boys basketball team at Lakin.

Hamel graduated from Lakin in 2012 and then spent two seasons as an offensive lineman at Garden City.  From there, he played two seasons at Center at Fort Hays State, playing and starting in all 23 games.

Hamel takes over a Rock Hills team that went 8-2 in 2018, but did graduate five seniors including 8-Man All-Stars Zane Colson and Dereck Gillett.  The top returner will be Rylee Whelchel, back for his senior season after battling through some injury issues as a junior.  He has just over 2,400 all-purpose yards in his career.

KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 Sports talked with Hamel on Tuesday afternoon about the new job.  When asked what drew him to the Rock Hills job, Hamel said there were multiple factors.

As stated earlier, the Grizzlies will lose some talent from last season’s squad, but there are key players returning.  Hamel touched on the potential of this Grizzlies team.

Our full interview with Colby Hamel can be found at the link below:

Colby Hamel Interview

Dusty Deines
Dusty Deines
Dusty grew up on a farm south of WaKeeney, KS and in 7th grade decided he wanted to do sports play-by-play on the radio. After graduating from Trego Community High School in 2001, he obtained a Radio Broadcasting degree from Colby Community College in 2003. He began working as Sports Director at KD Country 94 & Z 96.3 in July of 2003 and has been in the position ever since. Deines was the 2016-17 KSHSAA Oscar Stauffer Sportscaster of the Year and has won numerous awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. When he's not traveling the state covering the area sports teams, he enjoys spending time with his family, attending college and professional sporting events and helping advocate for those with muscle disease, including Dermatomyositis, of which Dusty is a survivor.

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