The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

May 24, 2013

Homer takes position coaching Wyandotte

Brad Homer quickly secured another position as a high school football head coach.

Homer, who decided to resign in March from Quapaw, has been named head coach at Wyandotte.

“I was going to eventually return to coaching football. ... some how,” Homer said on Thursday.

“Now, I’m a Wyandotte Bear,” Homer said. “That’s my focus.”

Homer indicated earlier he might remain in Quapaw as a teacher and track coach but wouldn’t coach football for at least a year.

Scott Martin, who resigned at Wyandotte, landed a similar position at Class 1-2A Johnson City (Kan.) Stanton County High School.

Wyandotte and Quapaw belong to the same Oklahoma Class 2A district for football.

“We travel to Quapaw this season (on Oct. 17),” Homer said. “There will be smiles and frowns.

“The first three days (of spring practice) have gone great,” Homer said. “There’s a lot to do. We’re changing terminology, of course. The players are focused and working hard. These kids aren’t strangers to hard work.

“We’re happy with the numbers,” Homer said. “We’ll have about 30 when the freshmen arrive next week (for a three-day camp).

“You have to apply to the OSSAA for those three days (the camp) to continue after the week of practice. Coach Martin already had applied which was a great thing for him to do.

“I’m excited, obviously,” Homer said. “I jumped at the opportunity.”

Homer said his staff for this fall is complete with Jimmy Hudson, Skyler Rawlins and Johnny Skimbo. Hudson and Skimbo are holdovers and Rawlins, who prepped at Seneca, is coming from Joplin.

Homer, the offensive coordinator, will work with quarterbacks. Defensive coordinator Skimbo also will work with the offensive line and inside linebackers. Hudson and Rawlins will emphasize defensive line/wide receivers and running backs/outside linebackers, respectively.

Homer, 39, is a graduate of Miami High School and Pittsburg State University.

Homer’s dad, Bob, a longtime head football coach at Miami High School, will be elementary principal at Stanton County in 2013-14.

It’s just ironic, Brad Homer said, of Martin going to Stanton County.

“I’m sure some people are saying we were cooking up a pot of switcheroo,” Homer said. “That’s not the way it went down.”

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