Jon Heermann 1971-1975
Jon Heermann was a three-sport athlete who graduated from SSHS in 1975. Besides his athletic involvement at SSHS, Jon was senior class president and a four-year member of Student Council. He was twice chosen as All-Conference in I-70 football (one year for offense and defense) and once in basketball. As SSHS’s first athlete to compete in collegiate football all four years, Jon became the foundation for the Missouri Valley College defensive line. Jon got his first start during his freshman year with the Vikings and never relinquished that position; the Vikings won the conference title all four of those seasons. During his senior season the Vikings competed in the national NAIA semi-finals in Findlay, Ohio. His personal achievements while at MVC include being named Heart of America Athletic Conference First Team Defensive End in ’77 and ’78, NAIA District 16 First Team Defensive End in ’78 and NAIA All-American in 1978. Jon became a member of the Missouri Valley Hall of Fame in 2008. After graduating with honors and a B.S. degree in Education in 1979, Coach Heermann began his 30-year teaching and coaching career in St. Joseph, Missouri at St. Joe Benton, moved to St. Joe Central and on to Lebanon, Missouri in 1986. 2003 brought Jon to Independence, Missouri where he continued a three-sport coaching career at William Chrisman High School (football, wrestling, track). After his retirement from teaching in May 2009, Jon accepted the position of head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Raytown High School. Jon was nominated three times for District Teacher of the Year and was selected Missouri High School Wrestling Coach in 1995.