Steyer steps down as head track coach
Homer High School will find itself in a new situation this coming fall when the cross country teams begin preparing for the upcoming season. For the first time in years, Bill Steyer won't be at the helm of the HHS program.
Steyer stepped down as the Mariners' head cross country and track and field coach last week after seven seasons at the helm. Steyer and his wife, Judy, are relocating to Eugene, Oregon, to pursue other opportunities.
At Homer, Steyer created a cross country and track dynasty. During his tenure with the Mariners' programs he won three cross country state titles and led the HHS girls to the Class 1-2-3A state track and field title this season. He also coached six state runner-up squads between the two sports in that span.
"Leaving Homer is bittersweet, as any coach will reveal," Steyer told the Peninsula Clarion in announcing his decision. "There's never a good time to leave. There's always kids you want to continue to work with."
Steye will be making a big step up in Eugene. Beginning this fall, he will assume the head coacing duties at Sheldon High School, a Class 6A institution with almost 1,600 students.
Annie Ridgley will stepp into the head coaching duties for the HHS cross country program. Nikki Fazzenbakker and Heather Reichenberg will take over the track and field teams.
Homer will also be looking at several other new head coaches this fall, including with the wrestling program.
Bubba Wells will take over the Mariner wrestling program from Chris Perk, who will move down to become an assistant. Also stepping down are HHS swimming coach Will Roedl, volleyball coach Kristie Mastre, skiing coach Alan Parks and hockey coach Justin Adams.