Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

KU’s Wedd: Miles Making State a Priority

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

KU’s Wedd: Miles Making State a Priority

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Dirk Wedd is just months into a new job with Kansas football, but he spent nearly 30 years preparing for it.

The head football coach at his alma mater, Lawrence High School, for 19 seasons and a Lions assistant coach before that, Wedd was tapped by first-year KU coach Les Miles as the Jayhawks’ director of high school relations in February.

Wedd, who was a member of former Jayhawk coach David Beaty’s staff in 2018, jumped at the opportunity.

“I was an analyst for the defense with coach Beaty’s staff and then we all got fired,” said Wedd, a guest speaker Tuesday at the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s 87th annual coaching school. “Coach Miles called the support staff in and said basically that he was going in a different direction and appreciated everything.

“There were like 25 people in the room and he looked at me and said, ‘Are you the old high school coach?’ I told him I was and he said, ‘Well, I need to visit with you.’ We stayed afterwards and probably visited for about 20 minutes about Kansas high school football and the Kansas City area and different coaches. Then he just said, ‘You want to work for me?’ and I go, ‘Yes sir.’ ”

Minutes later Miles put Wedd, a former Topeka Capital-Journal All-State player, to work.

“I didn’t know what the

job was going to be, but within five minutes he told me to go get 10 names of high school coaches that he needed to call in the next two or three days that were the movers and shakers of Kansas and Kansas City,” Wedd said. “One thing led to another and that’s how I got there.”

The new position is a natural for Wedd, who is not only well known across the state in high school circles but also served as an assistant coach at both Pratt Community College and Wichita State.

“What I’ve found is either I know (the coaches) or within five minutes of the conversation we know somebody that we can visit about and talk about and break the ice and then finally get to the point of seeing who his best players are and who the best players in the league are and that kind of stuff,” Wedd said. …

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