The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

May 27, 2013

Quapaw names Chuck Preaus football coach

Chuck Preaus has been promoted to head football coach at Quapaw High School.

Next season will be the third for Preaus with the Class 2A Wildcats. He served as line coach for Brad Homer in 2012 and also was power lifting coach.

Preaus primarily worked in junior high football and lifting in his first year at Quapaw after 13 at Fairland. He held several positions with the Owls, including several years as a football assistant, and was their head coach in girls basketball one season.

Homer stepped down after last season and recently took a similar post at Wyandotte High School.

“It will be a challenge,” Preaus said. “My No. 1 goal is to get kids interested in football and get them to return.

“Our trouble last year was numbers ... just getting enough players to have sound practices both ways,” Preaus said. “We’re recruiting. We’re going only with positive talk. We want to interest kids in playing.

“We’re emphasizing getting kids to commit to football and balancing strength and conditioning with practice,” Preaus said. “ We want to find a middle ground.

“We have a potential list of between 20 and 25 players,” Preaus said. “We didn’t have a junior last year. Maybe there are four or five seniors from that class who’ll play this year.”

Preaus believes the strength and conditioning program is becoming a real asset for Quapaw athletes. He used junior two-way lineman Tyler Owens as an example.

“He’s gained almost 400 pounds total in strength in his three lifts,” Preaus said. “He’s committed to the weight room. There are several others. Tyler stands out.”

Preaus said graduation losses include Tyler Bacon (the 2012 offensive MVP in District 2A-8 signed by Fort Hays State) and Heath Glerup. Plus, likely quarterback Seth Brumley moved from Oklahoma.

Preaus will be the offensive coordinator and Terry Tyree Jr. will be in charge of the defense.

“Coach Tyree is new to the staff but has coached football,” Preaus said. “Rick Couch and James Dawson (veterans in the Quapaw school system) are possible assistants.”

Preaus, who’ll be 42 on Nov. 1, said he was a “military brat” born in Alaska and reared in Hawaii.

He prepped in Hawaii (a 1989 Castle alumnus) and secured his bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific and teaching certificate from the University of Hawaii.

Preaus came to the Miami area because of family ties and a job opportunity after military service.

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