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July 12, 2018 Hesston RecordJuly 12, 2018 Hesston Record

New Coach Bauerle Meets with Swathers

Posted 5/4/2017


Hesston Record Staff

Tyson Bauerle, who has been tabbed as Hesston’s new head football coach, met Tuesday morning with future players in the high school auditorium.

Bauerle coached Sterling to a 10-9 record as head coach the past two seasons. He is set to replace Clint Rider, who has accepted the position of head coach of Blue Valley Northwest in Overland Park.

Superintendent Ben Proctor stressed that Bauerle couldn’t become a district employee until the school board took official action. Its next meeting is 7 p.m. Monday.

Proctor said Bauerle came to Hesston before a board vote because the summer weightlifting program was starting in a few weeks.

“We want to get a jump on that,” Proctor said.

Bauerle graduated from Nickerson High School in 2003, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Tabor College in 2007. He served as assistant football coach at Sterling for eight years before being named head coach. He has been strength and conditioning coordinator for the high and middle schools for seven years. He teaches junior high social studies.

Principal Ty Rhodes said Bauerle was among three coaching candidates who were interviewed by other teachers and coaches before he and Activities Director Clint Stoppel considered their feedback and made a decision.

“Number one and above all else, a person of high character and a good person,” he said when asked for which traits they were looking. “Everything else falls under that, with leadership and communications and being a role model.”

Overall, nearly 30 candidates applied for the opening. Rhodes said those included coaches from all over Kansas and a couple from out of state. He was asked what made coaching in Hesston a desirable job.

“I think living in the Hesston community is attractive to a lot of people,” he said. “It’s a nice town. I have a biased opinion, but it’s a good school system.”

A coach in Hesston also will receive a lot of community support and know he has a good chance at being successful, he added.

Bauerle would become the 12th head football coach since the Swathers fielded their first team in 1965. All but Steve Morrison, who coached the 1973-74 seasons, had winning records.