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By Tessa Castor
CHENEY – The Cheney High School athletic department announced on June 1 that Shelby Wehrman has joined the district. Wehrman will be the head football coach for the high school as well as a physical education teacher for the high school and middle school. The high school hosted a meet and greet for Wehrman on June 5.
As a graduate of Derby High School, Wehrman played football for four years at Kansas State
University under Bill Snyder. He earned his master’s degree from Wichita State University.
Wehrman began his teaching career in the Clearwater district, where he taught math and coached football for three years. He then taught at Rose Hill for one year and Derby for nine years.
Wehrman and his wife, Melanie, will be making the move to a house outside of Cheney with their six children, ages 4-13. He said he learned about the job in an email from athletic director Todd Hague, who got Wehrman’s name from his previous application for Hesston High School.
The transition into coaching for CHS has been slow but good, Wehrman said, and he has enjoyed getting to know the team. He said he appreciated the help the other coaches gave during his late transition into the district.
The football team has been lifting weights and conditioning during the summer, and their team camp took place this week. Wehrman said his goals for the team are to win districts, make it to playoffs and have fun along the way.
Since joining the district, Wehrman said he has learned that there are a lot of good people in the school, and he has been impressed with the receptiveness of the athletes.
“A lot of good things are happening in Cheney,” said Wehrman. “It’s been exciting to get to know the people of Cheney.”
Wehrman said his coaching style revolves around trying to be a teacher, encourager and motivator at the same time. He said he wants to teach good technique and then motivate the team to use that technique.
The team-building element of football is Wehrman’s favorite part of the sport. He said he enjoys working with a group toward a common goal, and he looks forward to working with the other coaches and developing new relationships.
As a coach, Wehrman said he hopes to teach the boys that hard work pays off, and that it takes a team to win.
“Perseverance doesn’t come easy,” said Wehrman. “But, it’s more valuable than natural talent. I hope that the players will develop relationships with each other and have a fun and good experience.”
Since meeting the team, Wehrman said that he has seen that the boys on the team have a lot of good characteristics, and he hopes to take those characteristics to another level. He said he will focus on the success of his players and students before thinking about his own success.
“I’m going to give my best effort,” said Wehrman. “I may not be perfect, but I’m going to put others first.”