Bellevue players react to arrest of their ex-Bengal coach
Nate Webster (Source: cincyjungle.com)
After Nate Webster's career ended with the Bengals in 2008 he still made an impact on the game of football in the Tri-state through coaching at a local high school.
In the fall of 2010 Webster was paid to be the assistant football coach at Bellevue High School in Northern Kentucky. According to school officials he held the position from August to September.
"We were all excited right away having a Super Bowl champion and an NFL player on our coaching staff," former player Ryan Daudistel said. Daudistel was a senior center guard for the team last fall.
For him, Webster was the ultimate coach.
"He taught a lot of guys how to play the game of football and what it's really like," Daudistel explained. "He taught us how to fight through everything and not give up on anything."
"Webster obviously brought a lot of knowledge. He treated out students very well, our football players," acknowledged Assistant Principal and former head football coach Dave Eckstein. "We have no knowledge of anything in his personal life. He passed all background checks."
Eckstein says Webster was only around for half of the season before he went to Miami for a family emergency.
"Coach Webster was involved with our football team. He was not involved with any type of classes, or with the general population, or any female sports," Eckstein explained.
He says there were no plans to have Webster back this fall to coach because a new head football coach had already chosen his staff. Even still, the news hits home in the halls of Bellevue High.
"I'm shocked and saddened," Eckstein said.
"Hurt, pain," Daudistel said of his response to the news. "Especially when you've grown attached to him over a year and looked up to him so much and you always wanted to be around him."
While he may not be standing tall on the same pedestal, Daudistel says he still looks up to Webster.
"It changes my view a little bit. It hurt to hear it about him,"Daudistel said. "Yet he's still one of my favorite coaches and he's always going to be a guy I look up to."
Webster did not work with the schools female sports teams, but there was a girl on the Tiger football team, a junior kicker.
The student says she never had any problems with Webster and felt like he was a great coach for the team. Like Daudistel ,she was shocked to hear the accusations against the former Bengal.