All it took was 2 weeks to find next Horicon/Hustisford football coach (2024)

The last two weeks have been a rollercoaster for Tim Meyer.

He found out two weeks ago that Horicon/Hustisford football coach Jason Fiacco stepped down after one season due to personal reasons, meaning there was going to be a rapid process to name a new one.

The Horicon school administration spearheaded the search with help from Hustisford and it was announced July 3 that Meyer would be the next coach.

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“I did not believe this was going to happen,” Meyer said. “It was a surprise, but you can only be surprised for so long and then it’s time to move forward. I was happy for the opportunity. I’m happy the administration has the confidence and faith in me.

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“There was a good outpour from the community. There’s a lot of people who have my back.”

Meyer said outside of Fiacco, the rest of the coaching staff is “100% intact.” That will help build off what the staff learned from Fiacco.

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“Jason was great not only knowing the game from his background and the experience he brought form college and Texas, it was the amount of football he’s packed in is immeasurable,” Meyer said. “That’s a tough loss for us, absolutely, I’m really sad to see him go; just to follow what he did organizationally and preparation, especially. I can’t even put into words how much time and effort he put in getting the kids ready every week. And just be really thoughtful throughout the game.”

Horicon/Hustisford went 10-3, tied Marshall with a 6-1 Eastern Suburban Conference to share the league title and earned a trip to the WIAA Division 5 state semifinal under Fiacco’s leadership.

“My interest in (the position), for me, was keeping what happened last year going,” Meyer said. “It was an unbelievable turnaround that I want to see continue. I’m happy to throw my name in the ring to try to keep it going.”

Meyer started coaching at Randolph in 2017, spending time at the youth, middle school and high school levels. Last season, he split time as the offensive coordinator and secondary coach at Princeton/Green Lake in 8-player football and helped out at both junior varsity and varsity for Horicon/Hustisford, coaching the secondary and fullbacks.

“I would never suggest anyone do that, to coach two places at once (in the same season),” Meyer said. “It was a challenge. … It was busy. There was a lot of bouncing around.”

It was an “interesting experience” for Meyer as the offensive coordinator for the TigerSharks.

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He ran a variation of the power-run game with air raid principles. The team went 2-4 and took about three weeks to get comfortable as the team averaged 22.3 points per game with 573 passing yards and six touchdowns while running for 965 yards and 12 touchdowns.

“It was definitely trial and error,” Meyer said. “It didn’t really look like what I had been doing. … Then all of a sudden we got traction and we started going.

“I think I was able to keep the two separate for the most part, but you’re trying to draw plays in 8-man and now it’s like, ‘That’s not going to work, I don’t have enough players to do that.’ We found a way to make it work and I think it was a good season up there.”

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The “one stroke of luck” is that Meyer and Fiacco ran similar offenses. So, the offense won’t be changing much for Horicon/Hustisford.

“It was the same blocking schemes and the run game. It was very similar pass concepts. It was really easy for me to walk in," Meyer said. "The verbiage changes, but the concepts are really, really similar. Moving forward, we’re going to stay with it and see where it takes us.”

After Carter Schwartz graduated, Meyer will have to find a new quarterback. His son, junior Barrett Meyer, is one of the players who may factor in after he joined last season via open enrollment at Horicon. Meyer coached his sons, including Dietrich Meyer, at Randolph in 2023 but joined Horicon/Hustisford after Dietrich graduated.

“There was an opening and I can’t pass up a chance to coach,” Meyer said.

Photos: Action from Eastern Suburban Conference game between Husticon, Waterloo

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