Former Houston High School football coach Wes Beachler is inheriting another rebuilding project.
Beachler, who spent the past five years turning around the Parkview High School football program, has resigned to become the head coach at Nevada, Mo.
A native of northeast Kansas, Beachler said he took the job in Vernon County to be closer to family.
“It’s always tough,” Beachler told the Springfield News-Leader. “But I think most of (the Parkview players) understand that it’s kind of a family decision. But you get pretty close to kids.
“It’s never easy, but I know those kids will rally around whoever they bring in next and continue to build.”
Beachler left Houston following the 2005 season after guiding the Tigers to consecutive state semifinal appearances. Since his departure, the HHS football program has had one winning season –– a 6-5 mark and playoff appearance in 2008 under coach Chris Edwards. Three times the program has failed to win a game in a season.
Beachler, who coached two schools in Kansas before coming to HHS, inherited a Parkview team that had lost 34 consecutive games. He lost his first 24 games before snapping the losing streak at 58 games. In his final season, Beachler led Parkview to the state playoffs for the first time since 1995. The Vikings lost the opener 42-13 to Lee’s Summit West, the eventual state champion.
At Nevada, Beachler takes over a team that was winless this past season and has won 12 times in the past six seasons.
Beachler, who will teach physical education at Nevada, was the dean of Springfield Public Schools football coaches.
“Wes took over a Parkview program during difficult times,” Springfield Public Schools athletic director Mark Fisher told the News-Leader. “(The turnaround) speaks volumes to his work not only on the field but in the building. More importantly, he was an outstanding role model for the people at Parkview, and had the utmost respect from players, parents and the school community.”
Fisher said about six people applied for the Parkview job when Beachler was hired in 2006.