Archive for Thursday, March 29, 2007

Just call him ‘coach’

March 29, 2007

If your son or daughter plays for a Lansing Parks and Recreation team, chances are you've met Bryan Pettis or his wife, Deena.

Pettis has served as football commissioner for parks and recreation since 2004 and also coaches youth soccer, softball and basketball teams. His wife runs the cheerleading program for the city as well.

Bryan Pettis

Bryan Pettis

"Between the two of us, we're involved in every sport in some way," Pettis said.

All three of Pettis' daughters play sports. Pettis is coaching his youngest girl's soccer team currently. His other two daughters will play softball for eight weeks this summer. In addition, they all cheerlead and attend dance classes three times a week.

For Pettis, an avid sportsman, living with four females can keep him on his toes at times.

"I need to buy an outhouse," Pettis said. "I can't ever get in the bathroom, because they're always primping their hair. I've got to come to work for some testosterone."

Pettis works as a production manager at Heatron, Inc., an industrial supply company in Lansing. He also takes classes at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

"If I'm not at work, with my kids or at school, I'm probably home sleeping," Pettis said.

His passion, undoubtedly, is and always has been keeping involved in sports. Pettis, a graduate of Lansing High in 1993, played nose tackle and offensive guard in high school and spent a semester as a walk-on on the University of Kansas football team.

"My dad coached us all through the years," Pettis said. "So I know how much it means to the kids. I don't have any sons, so coaching was one way for me to get involved with the boys, too."

NAME: Bryan Pettis

ADDRESS: 324 Holiday Drive

OCCUPATION: Production Manager, Heatron, Inc.

FAMILY: Deena, wife; Megan, 10, daughter; Ashley and Emily, 6, twin daughters

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN LANSING AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE? "Since 1980. My Dad came to work at the prison as an investigator, at what is now LCF."

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LANSING? "It's the small town atmosphere where everyone knows everybody else. It's a growing city, too, though, a city on the rise."

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN? "I'm a softball, soccer, basketball, and football coach for Lansing parks and recreation. Other than that and going to school, when I have time, I like to spend it with my family."

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE ABOUT YOU? "I like to barbecue. I'm a smoker. I haven't done anything competitive yet, but I'm starting to build up the courage to."

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? "'Do what you say you're going to do. If you commit to something, make sure it happens,' from my father."

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS OR CLUBS DO YOU BELONG TO? Football commissioner for Lansing Parks and Recreation and business student at KCKCC

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