This past week, USD 475 lost a long time teacher, coach, friend and supporter. Doug Roether was a very patient and humble man and was always there to lend a helping hand. Thanks Coach for everything you have given to the Junction City community and USD 475. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they mourn their loss.
Doug graduated from Clay Center Community High School with the class of 1952. He received a scholarship to play football with the Kansas State College as a fullback nicknamed the Manassa Mauler. He lettered playing football from 1952-1955. While he played, he was named Honorable Mention All Big 7 in 1954. In 1955, he was named First Team All Big 7 and Third Team All American. He was also a member of the Big 7 All-Star Team and received an award for being the most inspirational player. After playing for Kansas State College, he went on to play football for the United States Navy. He served as a sideline coach for the Navy Freshman Team. After his time in the Navy, he became a teacher for East High School in Kansas City, MO. He later became a teacher for Junction City Junior High School where he taught driver’s education, physical education and served as head football coach, head golf coach and assistant basketball coach. He retired in 1996 with twenty seven years of teaching in Junction City.