Football coach Wes Beachler, who left Parkview High School after the 2010 season to coach at Nevada High School, is back in the Springfield area as the new coach of the Republic Tigers.
Republic athletic director Greg Garton confirmed the hiring Tuesday morning shortly after the Republic school board voted to approve Beachler. The Republic superintendent is Chance Wistrom, who was principal at Parkview during Beachler’s time there.
“What made him stand out was that, at the three schools he was at before, they struggled but he turned them around in a fairly short time period,” Garton said. “Coach Beachler has a can-do attitude. I think he can motivate the kids and give them some confidence they’ve been lacking.”
Beachler’s hiring comes about three months after Republic did not re-hire Kurt Thompson.
Thompson, who won state championships in 1992 and 1993 at Webb City but never duplicated that success since, was 24-37 in six seasons at Republic. He also previously coached at Kickapoo.
Beachler, who came to Parkview from Houston High School and also had two head coaching stops in Kansas, was 8-42 at Parkview, losing his first 24 games.
His tenure ended in style, as a last-second field goal defeated Glendale and qualified the Vikings for the Class 5 state playoffs for the first time since 1995.
It was quite a turnaround as Beachler arrived just two years after Parkview endured a 56-game losing streak.