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Weinrich replaces Mueller at Highlands HS
FORT THOMAS, Ky. (Mike Berk) -- Dale Mueller is all smiles while sitting inside the auditorium at Highlands High School in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky on Wednesday.
After eleven state championships, and 250 career wins, the Bluebirds head coach is ten minutes from becoming the former head coach. "I loved being the head coach at Highlands, so this is very emotional for me," he said before his successor was officially named to the post. "But I'm really happy about the future of this program," he continued.
Mueller didn't need to have a very loud voice when it came time to pick his replacement. As he explained, it was unanimous. Today, the overwhelming favorite to replace Mueller took control over one of the most successful programs in the history or Kentucky high school football, if not in all of America. Good luck with that Brian Weinrich!
"I know I'm following a legend, but I also learned from the legend," Weinrich said after making brief remarks to a group, which included some now former and current players. Weinrich was the defensive coordinator for Mueller, so as he said, "I have a lot of sweat equity in this program, and (what we've done here) isn't lost on me."
Weinrich has some "head coach things" to deal with right out of the chute. He must replace a quarterback in Drew Houlston who had a sensational senior season. Running Back Zach Harris went for more than 1,000 yards during a 13-2 2013 season. But in Highlands, the cupboard is never empty. And the passion for Bluebirds' football never flickers. Weinrich will re-boot the roster, make a change or two to the playbook but "it won't be anything fans will notice." And he'll receive tremendous support from the community, his school and his mentor.
"When we get together, we talk football," said Mueller. "We've already talked some, and if he ever wants to talk about anything, I'll talk."
Weinrich has already tapped that resource.
"I think his e-mail has caught fire from me burning up that line so much!" Weinrich joked.
Weinrich had so many years of success as an assistant, that he probably could've left sooner for a different head job, but that wasn't ever an option.
"Opportunities were there from time to time," he said, "but I've never thought of leaving."
Now he knows he can stay for as long as he likes.
As long as he keeps winning, and developing young men like his predecessor did, one day down the road, Weinrich will be all smiles when his replacement takes over...