Get to know the Freshman Coaches

Head Coach

Coach Marc Murren


Years at WHS: 31

Graduated from: Lincoln HS and Northern State Univ

Coaching Responsibilities:

Head Freshman Coach

Coaching Background: 41 years with Football, 37 years Wrestling, 23 yrs Track in Yankton, Canton, and Washington HS

Favorite Part of Coaching: The players and fellow coaches

Family: Wife LuAnn, Daughter Amy (teacher) and Daughter Emily (nurse), and Son John in Construction


Assistant Coaches

Coach Larry Burkhardt


Years at WHS: 6 Years

Graduated from: Shepherd HS (Montana)

Dakota State University

Coaching Responsibilities: Freshman Offensive Coordinator

Coaching Background: Offensive Coordinator Whittier Middle School (2000-2014)

Offensive Line Coach (2015-2018) Defensive Line Coach (2019)

Favorite Part of Coaching: #1 has to be working with the kids.  Watching them grow as players both on and off the field. #2 Working with and Learning from some of the best coaches around. Trips to Rapid City with the defensive coaches are a riot!

Family: Great wife Julie who puts up with me during the football season. Daughters Ryan (29), Tyler(27), Finley(8), Campbell(17), and Reagan(16). Sons Derrick(23), Madden(10), Connor(21), and Liam (19)

Coach Rick Thomas


Years at WHS: 6

Graduated from: University of Colorado

Coaching Responsibilities:

Varsity Running Backs and Freshman Team

Coaching Background: 2011-2013 Defensive graduate assistant at University of Sioux Falls - while at USF I worked with the defensive backs and line; 2009-2010 Served as head coach for 7th and 8th grade Boulder, CO Youth Football teams.

Favorite Part of Coaching: Wathching players exceed their own expectations!

Family: Son fo Philip Thomas and Carolyn Seaton. I am not married and don't have children.