Thaemert joins DHS football coaching staff
For the first time in his tenure at De Soto High School, Joel Thaemert will take to the gridiron before focusing on the diamond in the 2009-2010 school year.
Thaemert, the head baseball coach for the Wildcats the last four years, has opted to join the De Soto football coaching staff in 2009, focusing on the defensive side of the ball.
“I’m very excited to help coach with Tom Byers,” Thaemert said. “I was very pleased when De Soto hired him and am looking forward to helping this team.”
Thaemert has quite the resume when it comes to football as he coached in Russell for eight years, four of which he served as a head high school football coach.
“Coach Thaemert’s experience is definitely his strength,” Byers said. “Being a head coach, he’s pretty confident in all aspects of the game. I know he’s well versed in several phases.”
Thaemert said the transition into football shouldn’t be overly difficult because he already knows several of the players through the baseball program and through his wife, who teaches health and physical education at DHS.
“I’ve had them in classes of my own and have seen the boys around in the halls,” he said. “I’ve already built some relationships.”
Working with the defense, Thaemert said he believes he has the personnel at De Soto to execute the coaching staff’s style of play.
“I think our defense is pretty athletic,” he said. “We have a lot of depth in the line and a nice rotation. Our linebackers are fairly youthful, but there’s a lot of potential both inside and outside. I’m really looking forward to working with them.”
The Wildcats begin fall practice on Monday and their first game is Sept. 4 at Gardner.