Kiff Wiemers made the most of an opportunity that presented itself six years at Jacksonville High School, and now his time as head coach of Fightin' Maiden soccer and cross county has come to a close.
Wiemers, who has two children under the age of four, said that for those specific family reasons he decided to no longer coach, but that he does plan to continue on as a history teacher.
“It has been a great six years and it was a hard decision to make, but I have no regret,” Wiemers said Thursday. “It's time to go down a different path in life, so that I can spend more time with my family.
“As it stands now I plan on being back at Jacksonville in the fall teaching history classes.”
The Fredericksburg, Texas native, who has degrees from Texas Tech University and Wayland Baptist University, came to Jacksonville having never coached soccer — he was an assistant girls powerlifting and assistant volleyball coach at Plainview High School before his move to East Texas.
Judging by the performance of his teams on the pitch and by the surge of participants in both of the sports that he coached, one would have believed Wiemers arrived in Jacksonville as a seasoned-veteran coach.
“This was my first varsity head coaching job and when I came here I wanted to be able to communicate with my players and to get them to buy into my vision and my idealism for Fightin' Maiden soccer and Fightin' Maiden cross country,” Wiemers said.
Wiemers' charges swallowed the bait, hook, line and sinker, hence the end result was six-consecutive playoff appearances for girls soccer and a district championship last fall for girls cross country.
As significant as they achievements were, Wiemers said that he is equally; maybe even more proud of another milestone.