Sources: Gene Wier expected to join KU football program


Information on the identity of new Kansas football coach David Beaty's coaching staff continues to be tough to come by, but sources told the Journal-World on Monday that legendary Olathe North football coach Gene Wier is expected to join Beaty's staff in the off-the-field coaching role.

That role, though not specified by the sources, likely will be something in the area of on-campus recruiting coordinator.

Such a role would seem to fit Wier perfectly. His knowledge of and connections in the high school football world in Kansas are second-to-none and the man who guided O-North to six state championships in the late 1990s and early 2000s also was a head coach for nine years in Texas before returning to the Sunflower State.

Wier's addition would bring the number of known people in Beaty's coaching staff to five — defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Clint Bowen, running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell, linebackers coach Kevin Kane, former special teams coach Louie Matsakis and Wier.

Stay tuned to for more updates.


Ashwin Rao 7 years, 11 months ago

:) Not really a (coaching) "tree" yet. Let us get some wins under the belt then it would make more sense.

Thanks for keeping us updated!

Matt Tait 7 years, 11 months ago

He coached Olathe North this past season and led them to the Class 6A semis.

Michael Maris 7 years, 11 months ago

What about Louie Matsakis. You did not list him in this story as an Assistant Coach. Just curious is all.

Matt Tait 7 years, 11 months ago

Good call. He was retained, too. Just not sure what his job title will be yet, though.

Bobby Oviemena Birhiray 7 years, 11 months ago

Don't Brandon Weir, Coach Weir son played at KU under Terry Allen. Strong KU ties

Ken Schmidt 7 years, 11 months ago


I might have missed this, but any word regarding Campo and Kiesau?

Lance Cheney 7 years, 11 months ago

They're no longer on the KU coaching staff, but I'm not sure if they've landed somewhere else.

Steve Corder 7 years, 11 months ago

So, Matt, what do you think about the staff-building Beaty has done thus far?

Jerry Walker 7 years, 11 months ago

At first blush the news of bringing in a high school coach seemed kinda odd. But "upon further review" it makes sense if you believe Beaty's goal of recruiting heavily in Kansas and Texas.

He was legendary at Olathe North with an overall record of 210-48. He didn't enjoy that kind of success at Richland, Tx with a record of 42-51. Coaching 25 yrs at Olathe and 9 yrs at Richland (about an hour south of Dallas) should leave him well connected to the high school ranks.

Any time you talk about rebuilding a program you have to look west to Manhattan. An unaudited look at their 2014 roster lists 51 players from the state of Kansas (with a total roster size of 124).

The 2014 Jayhawk roster (with a listed roster size of 95) lists just 19 players from the state of Kansas.

As a non-coaching member of the staff...heavily involved in scouting and recruiting H.S. talent...he just might be the right man for the job.

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