For Wheeling football, what comes around, goes around
Brian Hauck had to leave Wheeling High School in order to come to its rescue.
The new head coach of the Wildcats football team was himself a player and assistant coach at Wheeling before leaving in 2012 to take over the freshman team at Rolling Meadows.
Now he's returning to lead the Wildcats after the departure of Brent Pearlman, who has been named defensive coordinator at William Fremd High School. Wheeling was 5-5 last season, losing in the first round of the state tournament.
While at Rolling Meadows, Hauck coached the freshmen until taking over the sophomore program. He also held offensive and defensive coordinator positions and led the team to an 11-1 season that was capped off with a quarterfinals appearance.
Hauck is a graduate of Knox University, where he studied history and secondary education. He also earned his master's degree from National Louis, where he majored in educational and instructional technology.
Hauck takes over after one of the Wildcats’ best seasons in a long time. Wheeling was 1-35 from 2000 to 2003, then made playoff appearances in 2007 and 2008. It went 15-39 from 2009 to 2014 and improved once more in 2015, going 4-5.