Highlands High School named Brian Weinrich as the new Head Football Coach in a press conference held at the high school this afternoon.
Weinrich first joined the Highlands’ football program in 1995 when he was hired as an assistant coach. In 2002, he moved into his current coaching position as defensive coordinator.
Additionally, Weinrich is also part of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools faculty where he has been a social studies teacher at Highlands Middle School since 1998.
"I'm extremely blessed to have the opportunity to continue the success of Highlands’ football,” Weinrich stated. “Working with Coach Mueller for the last 19 years has been an unbelievable experience. I could not have asked for a better mentor.”
According to Weinrich, Highlands’ football has always played an important part in his life. He started going to games with his late grandparents, Frank and Janet Hewling, before he was one year old.
From that beginning, the 1990 HHS graduate would go on to play for the Bluebirds during his high school years. He continued playing football all four years at Campbellsville University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. Weinrich continued his education at NKU to earn his master’s degree in Education Instructional Leadership.
In order to select the best candidate, a committee was created to review applications and interview candidates for the position. The committee consisted of the school principal, assistant principal, athletic director and representatives from the Highlands Athletic Booster Association, Fort Thomas Jr. Football League and the Fort Thomas community.
Highlands Principal Brian Robinson stated, “We are very pleased to name Brian Weinrich as the next head football coach at Highlands High School. Coach Weinrich has been an integral part of the success at Highlands for the past two decades as a coach, and prior to that as a player for the Bluebirds. His dedication to our player athletes, commitment to community, passion for excellence, and proven leadership as the defensive coordinator made him a unanimous choice. We feel very fortunate to have such a talented coach who understands the elements necessary for success in the Highlands’ football program primarily because he has been an essential part of shaping the championship tradition.”
“I have never seen a position where one candidate had such overwhelming support,” said Dale Mueller, athletic director. “We interviewed Brian and unanimously agreed that he was the ideal person for the job and that we should not interview anyone else. I am so excited for the football players at Highlands because they are going to have a tremendous, hard-working, positive and fun coach. He is a wonderful role model for all of our students.”
“I am looking forward to a new era of Highlands’ football and continuing the tradition of excellence that Highlands and this community have worked so hard to build over the years," said Weinrich.
Weinrich lives in Fort Thomas with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, McKenzie, a 5th-grader at Moyer Elementary School. Weinrich succeeds Dale Mueller who stepped down from the position. He will immediately begin serving as head coach for the 2014-15 school year.
Source: FTIS press release