Veteran coach led Highlands to state championship.
Newport High School has announced that Brian Weinrich, a 25-year-coaching veteran who led Highlands High School to the 2014 class 4A state football championship, has been named varsity football coach.
Weinrich, who compiled a 51-36 record while leading Highlands for seven seasons, replaces Joseph Wynn, who is now head coach at Mason County High School.
"After speaking with Coach Weinrich it is made clear that he wants to be a part of the Newport Family," said Newport High School Athletic Director Alan Haire II." He is a family-oriented guy that has the ability to take our team to the next level."
Coach Weinrich is a 1990 Highlands graduate who played on the school's 1989 state championship team. Before becoming head coach in 2014, Weinrich spent 18 years as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator under the legendary Dale Mueller, who won 11 state titles over 20 seasons.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to coach the Newport Wildcats,” Coach Weinrich said.
“I’ve only been at Newport for two days and had two practices, but I’m just bouncing off the walls with excitement. The guys have been so receptive, and they are working so hard after just two days. I have already seen improvements; the enthusiasm is great, and we are going to have a lot of fun. I really thank Newport High School for giving me this opportunity.”
Coach Weinrich has also joined the teaching staff and will oversee the New Pathways program at Newport High School.
Newport High School Interim Principal Mike Hunter said Coach Weinrich was not only successful on the field but also sent several players on to play college football at all levels.
"Coach Weinrich's work ethic and discipline will provide the structure for our student-athletes to excel and acquire the skills needed for a successful transition to adult life," Principal Hunter said. "He will help to build a culture of success and hold athletes to high standards. We are thrilled to welcome Brian Weinrich to the Wildcat family."
Newport High School's varsity football team is clearly on the rise that is posting three consecutive winning seasons and attracting new players to the program.
Just five years ago, less than 25 players were on the team's roster. But participation has grown over the past few seasons as the team has posted winning seasons.
"Newport will also return a large senior class for a 2A school," Haire said. "Football participation has also grown over the past three years and the team is expected to field a roster of over 40 players.”
"We are very excited to see where Coach Weinrich takes this football program," he said. "We have many talented student-athletes that will be returning this year and they are eager to prove themselves to the new coach and the community."
Weinrich, a receiver and defensive back at Highlands, played college football at Campbellsville University.