WEEPING WATER – One of the top quarterbacks in Weeping Water football history will pass along his knowledge to the Indians as their new head coach.
Joel Haveman will lead the high school football program this fall. Haveman will replace former head football coach Bob Fuller, who stepped down this spring after one year with the program. Adam McGill had led the Indians for five seasons prior to Fuller’s arrival last fall.
Haveman currently teaches at Weeping Water Elementary School and is the head varsity girls basketball coach. He has also served as an assistant coach with both the football and track and field programs. He said he and his family felt it would be possible to add the new head football coaching role to his lineup of duties.
“I decided to accept the job for a few reasons,” Haveman said. “Firstly, I am familiar with the program. Being a player and assistant coach gives me a certain sense of pride and connection to the Weeping Water football program.
“Secondly, I believe in these boys and admire their hard work, persistence and grit that often goes unseen. Coach McGill and Coach Fuller have enforced these positive attributes in the past. Thirdly and most importantly, I have the support of my family to pursue this opportunity.”
Haveman set multiple WWHS single-game and single-season marks during his playing days. He threw for a program-best 1,206 yards and 12 touchdowns in the 2006 campaign. He posted 640 passing yards in 2005 and threw for six touchdowns and 844 yards in 2007.
Haveman set the top WWHS single-game total of 239 passing yards in 2006. He also threw for 159, 153 and 145 yards in other matchups that season. He helped the Indians accumulate 2,794 yards of total offense in the campaign, which is the third-highest total in school history.
Haveman said he will look to use his familiarity with Weeping Water as a tool to help motivate current players.
“Our goals for the program will be to cement a culture of toughness, relentless effort and brotherhood,” Haveman said. “We will reconnect past players to the program to help enforce the importance of these pillars.”
Weeping Water will compete in Class D-1 this fall and will face eight teams in the regular season. The Indians will have home games against Omaha Nation, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer, Elmwood-Murdock and Palmyra. The squad will travel to Heartland, Thayer Central, Omaha Brownell-Talbot and Nebraska City Lourdes.
Haveman said he is excited to have a chance to lead the Indians. The team’s first official day of practice will be Aug. 6.
“I am looking forward to this opportunity to work with a good coaching staff and a hungry football team,” Haveman said.