Parkview’s new boys basketball coach will come from Webb City, according to Springfield Public Schools.
Landon Cornish joins the Vikings after serving as head coach at Webb City High School since 2011. During his time with the Cardinals, Cornish was named 2012 Class 5 District 12 coach of the year, and led his team to win the Class 5 District 12 championship in 2012.
A graduate of Missouri State University, Cornish previously worked as an assistant coach at Glendale and Hillcrest high schools and served on Coach Jay Spoonhour’s staff at Moberly Area Community College.
“Landon is an energetic coach who has a great deal of passion for the game and will be a perfect fit to carry on the rich tradition of Parkview Viking basketball,” Springfield Public Schools athletic director Mark Fisher said in a news release.
Parkview finished 11-16 this past season. The Vikings started the season with high expectations and a berth in the 2015 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, but injuries to key players mounted as the season wore on.
Senior center Zach Cameron struggled with a knee injury all season, and the loss of seniors Autry Acord and Connor Ratcliff to a torn ACL and a broken foot, respectively, left coach Bill Brown to cobble together a lineup of largely inexperienced players.
This year’s campaign marked the Vikings’ first losing season in six years.
Brown took the chance to coach his alma mater in 2002. He remained Parkview’s head coach for 13 seasons. He is unsure if he will look for another coaching job with another high school.
According to a press release from Springfield Public Schools, Cornish will teach physical education at Parkview. His employment, which is pending final approval by the Springfield Board of Education, will begin with the 2015-2016 school year.