Wecker steps away from Belvidere Football

BHS Football Head Coach Darin Wecker announced his decision to resign from the position on Dec. 2 in the forum room before the school day started.

Factors in his decision included his time and family. He and his wife are expecting their second child in April.

He was head coach at BHS for a total of three seasons, compiling a 3-24 record. He was hired following the 2016 season after former Head Coach Chuck Leonard stepped down to take a job at Rockford Lutheran.

“Coach Wecker was a great guy, he loved all of his players and would do anything for them,” senior Jaxson Forman said, “He helped many of us not only grow as football players, but as young men, which is ultimately the most important thing.”

In 2017, Wecker’s first season, the team finished 1-8, but there was promise as then-junior quarterback Austin Hausen led the league in passing yards. They also had another consecutive year of strong wide receiver play with then-seniors Phil Kolk and Shawn Dean earning NIC-10 All-Conference honors.

2018 saw improvement, as the Bucs record improved to 2-7. They won their Homecoming game against Jefferson 14-7 and Hall of Fame night against Guilford 26-24. The backfield of their offense played well, as then-seniors running back Joe Dewane and quarterback Austin Hausen earned All-Conference Honors.

2019 saw the Bucs football program hit rock bottom. They finished 0-9, their first season without a win since the 1970s. The team struggled on both sides of the ball. They averaged less than 10 points per game and allowed over 30 points scored against them per game.

2020 will see the Bucs installing a new offense under a new head coach, and potentially a new defense, depending on if Defensive Coordinator Brian Lee and his defensive assistants are retained by the eventual new Head Coach.

“I think a new start will be good for us as a team and I hope we can improve as a team and individuals,” junior wide receiver Logan Flood  said.

The search for Belvidere’s next head coach will likely begin in January, once the resignation becomes official by the board.

As Belvidere has a history of football dominance, winning two state-titles in the 1990s and a number of other playoff appearances since, it may not surprise many if several candidates line up to apply for the head coaching vacancy.