WYANDOTTE — Brad Homer is coming home.
A 1993 graduate of Miami High School, Homer has been named assistant football and baseball coach for the Wardogs, according to athletic director Chad Davis.
Homer’s father, Bob, was a longtime head coach of the MHS program.
Brad Homer resigned at Wyandotte Wednesday.
“It was the toughest coaching decision I’ve ever had to make,” Homer said. “I feel so blessed to get to wear blue again.”
He will coach the secondary and defensive backs.
“To gain a guy with his knowledge, a self-motivation guy, we feel really fortunate,” new Miami head coach Zach Gardner said.
Homer joins a reshaped Wardog coaching staff that is now headed up by Gardner, who was hired after Andrew Rice resigned to become offensive coordinator at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
Also joining the Wardog staff as assistants are veteran coach Choo Thomas and Adam Teal, who assisted Gardner at Afton.
They will be joined by returnees Matt Lefay, Rick Simpson and Pete Overman.
“I feel pretty blessed that the Miami administration has allowed us to hire to get things back on track,” Gardner said. “We’re really fortunate to have the guys that we retained on the staff as well as the new guys. We’ve got to take advantage of it now.”
Homer headed up the Wyandotte High School program for the past five seasons, posting a 35-19 record.
The Bears have qualified for the playoffs the past four seasons, reaching the second round twice.
“It gave me (a chance to meet) a lot of personal goals as a coach: first opportunity to get into the playoffs, first-ever playoff win, first-ever district championship — a lot of positive things.
“Obviously, it goes back to the kids and how extremely hard those kids played for me.”
Homer, who previously had spent five seasons at Quapaw, succeeded Scott Martin as the Bears’ coach.
“I have nothing but fantastic things to say about Brad — he’s been a heck of a coach for us,” Wyandotte superintendent Troy Gray said. “We love Brad around here and our kids do too. He is a quality, quality individual. I don’t know that they make them much better than Brad Homer.
“That comes from his dad raising him right.”
Brad Homer had played outside linebacker then moved to free safety during his Wardog career. Simpson was one of his coaches.
The transition should be an easy one for the new coach at Wyandotte because Gray said Homer already had set up the summer camp and passing league schedules.
The vacancy has been on the Oklahoma Coaches Association and Wyandotte Public Schools job boards.
Gray said there is no timetable for hiring a replacement for Homer.