Coach Nemecek announces he will step down from Westside Basketball
After 21 years guiding thousands of Westside student athletes, Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Brian Nemecek is stepping down from his coaching duties.
Nemecek has been Westside’s Head Coach for the last 11 years, winning 130 games, 2 district titles and 4 district runner-up honors. Prior to that, he served for 10 years as an Assistant Basketball Coach. He also coached baseball for 10 years leading Westside’s Reserve and JV teams.
“It’s time to set some new goals and do something else,” said Nemecek. “At this point, I feel it’s time to step aside. This is tough decision not only for me but my wife Tiffany and my children Brock, Payton and Mckenna. They have been my rock and they have as my family sacrificed a lot for me to do the job.”
Nemecek coached his son in 2014, a team that made it to the Class A Championship game and is one of the squads that stands out to him most in his career.
“It was really cool to be able to coach him and very memorable for my family,” said Nemecek. “The 2014 team, District champs, will always stick out in my mind as a group that wanted it and competed daily to get better. They, as a collective group, were unselfish and relentless competitors. They were Warriors!”
Nemecek’s team took the state championship game that year to overtime. He was named Class A Coach of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club in 2014.
Over the years, several of Nemecek’s players earned All-State and All-Metro honors, and several more continued athletic pursuits in college and beyond.
“I have coached so many great kids over the years that I couldn’t possibly name them all,” said Nemecek. “Darin Ruf, Denny Johnston, Jake Meyers, Kevin Metoyer, Kenny Neelon, Derek Fletcher, Colt Anderson just to name a few and obviously my son Brock. There are so many guys that busted their tail everyday and made a difference at our school and are now making a difference in society. That is the most enjoyable thing as a coach, seeing kids flourish and mature later in life.”
Westside Athletic Director Tom Kerkman has worked closely with Nemecek for many years.
“I just want to thank Coach Nemecek for all he did for WHS,” said Kerkman. “He put his heart and soul into the program for 21 years. He was great to work with and was very helpful to me when I became Athletic Director 7 years ago. He coached some really good teams the last few years and some good players. They played awfully hard. Brian wanted the best for his players and teams. I’m just glad I had the opportunity to work with him and wish him nothing but the best. He’s a humble guy and wants nothing better for the success of WHS and the basketball program. That is what I will miss most.”
Brian Nemecek will continue to teach full time at Westside High School, hoping to spend more time with his wife and children. It’s not yet clear who will be the next Varsity Head Coach, but Nemecek says at least two internal candidates are both ‘tremendous’.
“I would like people to know we did it the right way,” said Nemecek. “We took the kids in our District and coached them up to the best of our ability as a staff. I just hope people respected how hard our kids played and hope our program was respected by other schools and coaches. I’ve made a tremendous amount of friends in the coaching profession and will miss that part of it. I had great assistants that I worked with in my time here and will miss the camaraderie of the grind.”