Wecker resigns, Belvidere seeks new head football coach


BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — Belvidere High School is searching for a new head football coach. Former head coach Darin Wecker has resigned after three seasons on the job.

Belvidere athletics director Josh Sternquist tells Eyewitness news that Wecker resigned to spend more time with his family. Sternquist says he and the school district appreciate all the hard work and passion Wecker put into the job while he was in charge.

Wecker, a Hononegah graduate, took over as head coach at Belvidere in 2017. That season the Bucs went 1-8. In 2018 they were 2-7. This past season they were 0-9. Belvidere’s last winning season and last playoff season was in 2015.

The Bucs were a football powerhouse before the Belvidere School District divided into two high schools adding Belvidere North in the 2007-08 school year. Since that time the Bucs have struggled to finish in the upper half of the NIC-10. The school’s enrollment is listed at 1254 on the IHSA website. That’s makes Belvidere the third smallest school in the conference. Only Freeport and Rockford Boylan have fewer students.

Sternquist says he looks forward to the process of hiring a new head football coach. He’s hopeful that the school’s great football tradition will generate a lot of interest.

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