Lions’ Beason named Shrine Bowl coach

Goddard Lions head football coach Tommy Beason, seen at the 2018 Class 4A State championship, has been named as head coach of the Kansas Shrine Bowl’s West squad. The Shrine Bowl will be played next July in Topeka.

GODDARD – Tommy Beason, the head football coach of the Goddard High School Lions, will coach the West Squad at the 2020 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

Beason was named as a head coach last week, along with Washburn Rural’s Steve Buhler, who will coach the East. Next summer’s game will be held July 18 in Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl on the Washburn University campus in Topeka.

Head coaches are selected by a vote of previous games’ staff, including fellow coaches, camp directors, managers and trainers.

This is the second time in three years that a Goddard coach has led the West squad. Former GHS coach Scott Vang was the head coach of the 2018 team. He has since left for an administrative position at El Dorado High School, and Beason was promoted to GHS head coach beginning last season.

Beason led the Lions to a 10-3 record and finished as Class 4A State runner-up last November.

Beason earned his B.S. in biology education from Sterling College and completed his master’s in school leadership from Baker University. He and his wife, Colleen, have three children, Derek, Owen and Reese.

“I am honored to be a part of the Shrine organization and do a small part to help,” said Beason, “I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Buhler will be head coach of the East for a second time. He last held that role in 2008.

The Kansas Shrine Bowl is an all-star high school senior, East vs. West, football game put on each year  by the Kansas Shrine. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that produces annual events and related activities, with net proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The game has been played throughout Kansas each summer at host cities across Kansas and will return to Topeka on July 18, 2020.