Kirkwood names Maclin new football coach, pending board approval

Jeremy Maclin has been promoted.

Kirkwood High announced Monday that Maclin has been named the school's new head football coach in waiting. The hiring of Maclin, who has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for his alma mater, won’t be official until he is approved by the Kirkwood Board of Education when it meets Feb. 22.

Maclin will take over for Farrell Shelton, who announced in November he was retiring from coaching after a 31-year career, including the last six at Kirkwood.

When Maclin’s hire is made official, he will be the first Black coach to lead Kirkwood’s football program in more than a century of its existence.

“I am deeply honored to be recommended as the next head football coach at Kirkwood High school,” Maclin said in a press release. “I have been blessed in my life to have mentors and coaches who have had a lasting impact on me. I am grateful for this chance to play such a role in the lives of today’s youth to help fulfill their dreams on and off the field.”

Maclin, 32, graduated from Kirkwood in 2006 and is regarded as one of its all-time best athletic standouts for his excellence as a wide receiver on the football field but also on the basketball court.

As a senior he was the point guard on the boys basketball team that made the Class 5 semifinals and finished third. It’s the most recent of Kirkwood’s eight appearances in the state final four.

One of the top wide receiver prospects in the Midwest, Maclin signed with Missouri and played three years under former coach Gary Pinkel. Maclin was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent eight seasons in the NFL and played for the Eagles from 2009-14, the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014-15 and the Baltimore Ravens in 2017.

Maclin has never been a head coach and will try to accomplish something Kirkwood never did while he was a player — make it to state.

Both of Kirkwood’s state championships, the most recent in 2016 under Shelton, and all four of Kirkwood’s state title game appearances happened after Maclin graduated in 2006. The Pioneers made their state title game debut in the fall of 2006, when they were beaten by Raymore-Peculiar 42-32.

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