Director of Athletics
Johnson County Community College
Randy Stange was named the sixth Johnson County Community College Director of Athletics in the 48-year history of the program on July 1, 2017. He oversees the department’s seven-team intercollegiate athletic program and athletics division staff. He will also be involved in the facility upgrades to the JCCC Gymnasium and baseball field and the construction of new athletic playing facilities for softball and soccer programs.
Stange brought a wealth of experience as a player, coach and athletic administrator that spanned over 30 years.
In his first year at JCCC, he saw the women's soccer and men's basketball teams win conference championships, and the softball team capture a region title and finish seventh at the NJCAA D-II National Tournament.
A native of Nickerson, Kansas, Stange most recently served as athletic director for the Springfield Missouri Public Schools system. He was hired for that position in 2015. He previously worked as the athletic director at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College from 1997 to 2015, and served as the Blue Dragons head men’s basketball coach from 1994 to 1997.
“I am so excited to be part of Johnson County Community College,” Stange said. “The winning, the tradition, the class, the academic success…it’s all there. I believe it is a good fit for me, and I hope the students and staff at Johnson County Community College will find it to be a good fit for them as well.”
“I was so impressed with the people I met and how they made me feel so welcome,” said Stange. “Also would say how grateful I am of the leadership there. Carl has done an outstanding job, and have the coaches and athletes that have been a part of the program, and I am not only excited to be a part of it, but hopefully I can contribute in some way.”
One of Stange’s duties as AD for the Springfield was the running of the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, the no. 1 attended high school basketball tournament in America. Over 10,000 are in attendance each night, and the third place and championship games were nationally televised. The field also attracts some of the nation’s best teams and players, many ranked among the top 50 by ESPN and Rivals.
During his 18-year tenure at Hutchinson, Blue Dragon athletics won 33 Jayhawk Conference championship, 28 Region VI championships in all sports and a total of 128 teams earned NJCAA Championship berths, with 10 finishing in the top five nationally. Additionally, the football team appeared in nine bowl games, winning eight times, and 15 players over that span went on to play in the NFL.
Stange was named the 2013 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics’ Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for NJCAA Division I. That was his second major award of the 2012-13 athletic season. He also received the NJCAA Service Award.
That body of work and success translated into leadership roles at the regional and NJCAA levels.
Stange served eight years as the Region VI men’s director, and was the chair of the Division I men’s basketball tournament and served on the track and field and golf committees. He was also a member of the NJCAA Executive Committee.
As leader of HCC athletics, Stange played a major role in the renovation of Gowans Stadium. He also was championship director of the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Stange also oversaw the work to build the Blue Dragons cross country team’s new home course, the Westar Energy/Prairie Ridge Park.
Stange actually has deep ties to Blue Dragon athletics. His father, Herb, was an All-American for HCC in 1961.
After a stellar high school career at Nickerson, Stange became a Blue Dragon under head coach Gary Bargen. While an HCC player, the Blue Dragons were 46-15, including an incredible 30-3 record at the Sports Arena. Stange scored 560 points in his career. His sophomore season, Stange averaged 11.8 points and 3.6 assists per game. He also played tennis for the Blue Dragons.
After graduating from Hutchinson, Stange went on to have a stellar career a Missouri State University. He was the first play recruited by Charlie Spoonhour and was a key player in the Bears backcourt. Stange set the season mark for free throw accuracy his junior year with a .909 figure and averaged 10.4 points a game. That earned him a spot on the Mid-Continent Conference all-newcomer team for the 18-10 Bears.
His senior year, Stange was on the all-conference second-team and shared Missouri State’s Player of the Year honors with backcourt running mate Brian Smith. He finished his career with 706 points and shooting percentages of .564 from the field and .855 at the line. He set the record for career free throw accuracy, and now ranks second, and ranks sixth in field goal accuracy. He was inducted into the Missouri State Hall of Fame in February of 2001.
Once his playing days were complete, Stange jumped into the coaching profession, which eventually brought him back to Hutchinson. Hired shortly before the 1994-95 season, Stange spent three season on the Blue Dragons bench. He posted an 85-20 record, tied for a Jayhawk West title in 1995and his 1997 team won Region VI and qualified for the NJCAA Tournament.
Under his watch, Stange coached Nate Erdman a 1997 2nd round NBA Draft pick by the Utah Jazz and Demetrius Alexander, who was an honorable mention NJCAA All-American. Stange also had several Blue Dragons earn All-Jayhawk Conference honors.
Before coming to Hutchinson, Stange served as an assistant coach at Kansas State University under Lon Kruger for the 1985-86 season. He then joined the staff at Missouri State and St. Louis University under his old college coach, Charlie Spoonhour, before the 1986-87 season. During his five seasons on the Bears staff, Missouri State won Mid-Continent titles in 1988, 1989 and 1990 with three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. In 1990 the Bears joined the Missouri Valley Conference and made an NIT appearance in 1991 and won the MVC tournament to return to the NCAA Tournament field in 1992.
When Spoonhour went to St. Louis University before the 1992-93 season, Stange followed and spent two seasons at SLU before returning to Hutchinson. The 1993-94 St. Louis University basketball team that Stange was part of went into the Billiken Hall of Fame in 2005.
Stange, 54, and wife Suzanne, have five daughters – Elizabeth, Katherine, Caroline, Lydia and Sarah, and one son, Charles.