For 11 years, Sid Wheatley enjoyed a magical ride with the Northview Chiefs and found his “second home.”
But this week, Wheatley found a new opportunity … a position that would bring him “home” and closer to his family.
Wheatley accepted a football coaching and teaching position at Kosciusko (Miss.) High School – “an hour and a half” from the home of his parents in Philadelphia, Miss.
“I’ve been gone (from Mississippi) for 11 years, my parents are getting older now and I’d love to be around them and closer to home,” said Wheatley, who posted a 50-31 record as Northview’s head football coach. “Most of my family — my parents, oldest son, my sister — live in Mississippi. It’s exciting, but at the same time you know you are leaving a special place and leaving a lot of memories behind. It was a difficult decision. I am very close with my staff. And principal Gayle Weaver was probably the best administrator I’ve worked for.”
Wheatley’s fondest memory is likely from 2012, when the Chiefs earned a Class 1A state championship with a 42-21 win over Trenton.
Wheatley now takes over the Kosciusko Whippets, whose student body size roughly compares to Northview’s, according to Wheatley.
“(Kosciusko) has had success the past couple years, they’ve won 21 games over the last two seasons,” Wheatley said. “It will be a quick turnaround. August 1 is my first day. I’ll be up there (Kosciusko) sometime this coming week and will be involved in a three-day camp.
“I really would have not taken a job this late (in the summer) if I had not felt good about the staff in place at Northview. I think it will work out well for the kids.”