Republic High School football coach Wes Beachler resigned from coaching on Thursday.
Beachler remains on the faculty at Republic as a physical education teacher. When reached by phone on Thursday afternoon, Beachler said his decision to step down as football coach was not related to the Tigers’ football program or the Republic school district.
“It’s just a personal decision, it’s nothing against Republic. It’s definitely nothing against the young men that I’ve had the pleasure of coaching over the past four years,” Beachler said.
Beachler’s coaching career spans 25 seasons, and 21 of those are as a head coach. He gained a reputation for taking on struggling programs and coaching them into stronger teams.
On Thursday, Beachler submitted a letter of resignation to Principal Tyler Overstreet and then broke the news to the football team.
“I had a great visit with the administration and players today,” Beachler said.
Beachler’s decision gives Republic administrators a full offseason to hire another head football coach.
“The timing will give Republic plenty of time and a great opportunity to seek out good candidates,” Beachler said.
The Tigers were a combined 15-25 over Beachler’s four seasons on the sideline. Prior to coaching at Republic, Beachler spent two seasons at Nevada and five seasons at Parkview. He was the head coach at Parkview when the Vikings snapped an infamous 58-game losing streak in a 39-36 overtime win over Hillcrest on Sept. 26, 2008, thanks to Josh Buford’s 25-yard field goal at Shumate Stadium.
Beachler and his wife, Sarah, have four sons, the oldest of whom is a sophomore in high school.