Highlands names new football coach

Brian Weinrich
Brian Weinrich

FORT THOMAS, KY (FOX19) - Highlands High School on Wednesday named Brian Weinrich as its new head football coach.

Weinrich succeeds legendary coach Dale Mueller who stepped down from the position last month.

Mueller, who won 11 state titles, six since 2007, coached Highlands for 20 seasons. His final game with the Bluebirds was a state championship loss to Collins High School Dec. 7 in Bowling Green, Ky. Mueller won 260 games at Highlands and the 11 state championships are the most of any head coach in state history.

Weinrich first joined the Highlands' football program in 1995 when he was hired as an assistant coach. In 2002, he moved into his current coaching position as defensive coordinator.

Additionally, Weinrich is also part of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools faculty where he has been a social studies teacher at Highlands Middle School since 1998.

"I'm extremely blessed to have the opportunity to continue the success of Highlands' football," Weinrich said "Working with Coach Mueller for the last 19 years has been an unbelievable experience. I could not have asked for a better mentor."

Weinrich said Highlands' football has always played an important part in his life. He started going to games with his late grandparents -- Frank and Janet Hewling -- before he was 1 year old.

Weinrich played football at Highlands and graduated from the school in 1990. He continued playing football all four years at Campbellsville University where he obtained a bachelor's degree.

Weinrich continued his education at Northern Kentucky University to earn his master's degree in education instructional leadership.

"I have never seen a position where one candidate had such overwhelming support," said  Mueller, who also serves as the school's athletic director. "We interviewed Brian and unanimously agreed that he was the ideal person for the job and that we should not interview anyone else. I am so excited for the football players at Highlands because they are going to have a tremendous, hard-working, positive and fun coach. He is a wonderful role model for all of our students."

Weinrich will immediately begin serving as head coach for the 2014-15 school year. He  lives in Fort Thomas with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, McKenzie, a fifth grade student at Moyer Elementary School in Fort Thomas.

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