The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Sports

April 5, 2013

Horner steps down as Quapaw football coach

Brad Homer knew it was time to step down as head football coach at Quapaw High School.

“It was time to step aside and let someone else try it,” Homer said Thursday. “It was God’s will. Don’t make excuses. My attitude hadn’t been very good. He said it was time to do something different. I knew it was time.

“It wasn’t a lack of support,” Homer said. “Mr. Earp (superintendent Dennis Earp) and Mr. Radford (athletic director Larry Radford) have been very supportive.

“I want to stay at Quapaw (as a physical education teacher and track coach),” Homer said. “I’ll do anything but coach football.”

Homer, 39, indicated he wouldn’t rule out a return to football either as a head coach at another school or eventually as a Wildcat assistant.

“But I want that person (the new coach) to feel they are in total control,” Homer told Miami News-Record sports editor Jim Ellis. “I really care about the kids.”

Homer, disappointed in declining numbers in football as well as the records, blamed only himself.

“God placed me at Quapaw for a reason,” Homer said. “It wasn’t just to win games. It was to teach me the other side of that. It wasn’t for a piece of humble pie. It was the whole pie.”

Homer, a 1993 graduate of Miami High School, attended Pittsburg State and was an assistant for the Gorillas before entering private business for two years. He resumed coaching — this time at the high school level — as an assistant under Rick Trimble at Commerce and James Dawson at Quapaw before seven years as the Wildcats’ head coach.

Homer said his dad, Bob, longtime head football coach at Miami High School, has been principal for a few years at Stanton County (Kan.) High School near the Colorado line.

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