Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meyer's New Job Comes at Right Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Meyer's New Job Comes at Right Time

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After five years as a teacher and assistant coach at Duchesne High, Bill Meyer was beginning to get a little antsy.

"When you're involved in coaching, you look forward to your chance to move into a varsity position," Meyer said. "And I was anxious about it. Honestly, I'd hoped the opportunity would've come a little sooner. But believe me, it was worth waiting for."

Meyer, 28, a physical education teacher at Duchesne, has been named the school's new girls basketball coach. He takes over for longtime coach Stan Westhoff, who stepped down after last season.

Westhoff will remain as the school's varsity softball coach and as an assistant coach in track and field.

"Stan's sons are getting older and I think he just decided that he wanted a little more free time to spend with his family," Duchesne athletic director Dave Thurmer said. "Basketball's one of the most time-consuming sports because it involves so much scouting. Plus, there's the summer programs."

Thurmer said the decision to promote Meyer was a natural.

"Bill has been at the school for five years and he has coached basketball, baseball and football on a number of different levels," Thurmer said. "We had some good people apply for the job, but it wasn't that tough a choice for the administration. The girls wanted Bill as their coach - they even went to the administration to make their case - and some of their parents also called.

"I don't think there's any doubt that Bill Meyer was the right man for the job."

Meyer said he was flattered by the support he received. He said he was surprised that Westhoff had decided to step down, but that he's excited to be taking over such a solid program.

"Mr. Westhoff did a great job of building the program and I feel very fortunate to be in such a good situation," he said. "There's a tremendous amount of potential in the program right now and I'm looking forward to the challenge that goes along with taking over such a successful program.

"There's no doubt that we'll miss our two seniors, Denise Simon and Katie Miles, but the program's in very good shape. …

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