Wedig poised to land Beloit football job

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John Barry
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Big Foot High’s loss is Beloit Memorial’s gain.

Rodney Wedig, one of the most successful football coaches in Rock Valley Conference history, is expected to be named Beloit Memorial’s head coach.

Beloit Superintendent Steve McNeal will recommend the hiring of Wedig to the school board Tuesday night.

Wedig took over the Chiefs program in 1999 and led the school to three Division 4 state title games, including a state title in 2009. The 46-year-old Wedig leaves following the program’s seventh straight Rock Valley South Conference title and a current 48-game Rock Valley winning streak. Wedig compiled a 21-10 postseason record at Big Foot.

Beloit Memorial was 3-42 the last five seasons, including 1-8 in 2013. Head coach Jon Dupuis resigned at the end of last season.

McNeal and Wedig talked about the Beloit Memorial opening during the recent WIAA state football championship games in Madison, and things fell into place quickly after that.

“It was a tough decision to leave Big Foot,” Wedig said. “Beloit was not even on the radar until recently, but going to a bigger school was always something I’ve wanted to do.

“I know Beloit’s been down (record-wise) the last few years, but so was Big Foot when I took over. We were 15-15 my first three years at Big Foot before things started to turn around.”

Wedig will finish out the year at Big Foot before moving to Beloit in the summer. He’s hoping to teach social studies at Beloit Memorial after teaching psychology and history at Big Foot.

The biggest challenge facing Wedig at Beloit will be getting kids to go out and keeping them eligible. Beloit’s eligibility bylaws set forth by the school board are the strictest in the Big Eight Conference.

“The eligiblity thing is actually something Steve and I discussed, because I know it’s a big issue right now,” Wedig said. “That is something the school board is going to discuss and may change.

“I’ve always felt that the kids that are struggling are the ones that need structure the most. That’s something that athletics can provide, whether it be basketball practice, football practice or anything extra-curricular after school.”

If anyone can turn the Beloit Memorial program around, it’s Wedig. Just look what he did at Big Foot.

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