Bishop Ward High School

Hurla’s 20 Year Ride Comes to an End

August 2, 2016 (Kansas City, Kan.): Coach Dennis Hurla has stepped down as Head Baseball Coach and Facilities Director of Bishop Ward High after an amazing 20-year ride.
His legacy speaks for itself:
  • Overall record of 352-135
  • 10 State Titles in 14 appearances
  • Six consecutive state championships from 2003-2008
  • 45-game winning streak from 2006-2008, a Kansas High School Record
  • One undefeated team in 2007

“It’s not only his unique and special ability as a baseball coach but the loyalty to this school and the student-athletes he has touched over the years that is so remarkable,” said President Bishop Ward President, Father Thomas Schrader, O. Carm. “He will be missed and leaves a mark on Bishop Ward baseball history that will never be forgotten.”

Bishop Ward High School’s varsity baseball team made a repeat appearance at this year’s Kansas Class 4a DII State Tournament after going 9-13 in the regular season. With five strong senior leaders, the Cyclones used experience to keep improving through the end of the year, sparking a run to the final state championship game only to fall short.

"I can’t say enough about the five seniors from this past season. To go from 2-11 to the State Champion Runner-up, speaks volumes about you and your families. I was proud and enjoyed every minute of it,” said Coach Hurla.

Bishop Ward turned into a baseball power house under the direction of Coach Hurla’s reign. He transformed many young boys into strong minded and willed student-athletes.  It is the end of a legacy.

“'I am stepping down to take a deep breath, spend more time with my family, and will then consider some other potential options while I still have the will and energy," said Coach.

“I do want to express a big THANK YOU to all the umpires, parents, players, coaches, supporters and donors for making this a rewarding experience for everybody in the program –each and every year. A special thank you to Brian McKiernan and Tom Cooley who generously volunteered hours of their time and talent to make our program more professional. 20 years seems long but the time flew by quickly. I am so glad I did it.”