By Wade Gerstner-KD Country 94/Z96.3 Sports
GREG KOENIG INTERVIEW COURTESY OF KD COUNTRY 94 & Z96.3 THE LAKE SPORTS
Beloit Head Football Coach, Greg Koenig, told his players yesterday (Wednesday) at a team meeting that he is stepping down after 11 seasons with the Trojans.
Koenig posted a very successful 93-31 record in those 11 seasons with Beloit, which computes to him winning 75% of his games. Even more remarkable is that Beloit went 62-8 in the North Central Activities Association during his tenure, a 88% winning percentage, including a 28 game league winning streak and 6 NCAA League Titles.
Until this past season, the Trojans had made the playoffs 9 straight years. Koenig had success in the playoffs as well, posting a 15-9 record, making the 3A state Quarterfinals 5 times, the state semifinals 3 times, and the biggest highlight was an appearance in the 3A State Championship in 2013 against Silver Lake, a game Beloit lost 82-38.
During Koenig's 11 seasons, Beloit never had a losing campaign and won 10 games in 2008 and in 2010, 12 games in 2012, and 13 games in 2013. The past 3 years, Beloit made the playoffs twice, losing both times in the first round.
As with any coach, Koenig had his supporters and critics. One of the issues critics alluded to was a lack of numbers (player participation) in the football program.
In 2010, 44 players went out for football, that number decreased to as low as 29 players in 2014, 28 players in 2015, and 29 players this past season.
In 2013, during Beloit's 13-1 season, 32 players were on the opening day roster.
I spoke with Coach Koenig yesterday and he said it was a tough day and that he would talk more with KD Country 94 sports about his decision in the next week or two.
According to sources, Koenig will be the next head football coach at Cimarron, pending school board approval.
More on this story tomorrow in the upcoming days or weeks on Waterside Wakeup at 7 a.m. and at 9:15 a.m. on the Sports Ticket on KD Country 94 and www.kdcountry94.com and right here at nckssports.com.