BEATRICE – A former Beatrice High School defensive coordinator is returning to the school to coach the football team in the fall.
Todd Ekart, previously the Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach at Gering High School, confirmed to News Channel Nebraska Sports Now he will be the next head coach for the Orangemen. Beatrice finished 8-2 last fall and lost to Elkhorn in the first round of the Class B playoffs.
Ekart says his family is excited to live in the small, close-nit community of Beatrice. He cited being closer to family as one of the main reasons he decided to take the new position.
“The Beatrice job came open and I was real excited for the opportunity to interview because of the support of all the school activities and sports programs get from the students, the community, the staff and the administration,” Ekart said. “They also have a very strong tradition of success.”
Ekart takes over for Kevin Meyer, who resigned in January to take a similar teaching and coaching position in Idaho.
He led Gering to their first two wins in four seasons. Before coaching the Bulldogs, he helped turn around a Sidney High School program that was winless in 2010. He finished with a district championship and two playoff appearances at the helm of the Red Raiders.
Ekart finished with an 18-57 record in seven years coaching in western Nebraska. He was named District Coach of the Year twice, named Huskerland Preps Mike Berens Coach of the Year in 2013 and coached in the 2014 West Nebraska All-Star game and the 2015 Nebraska Shrine Bowl.
When talking with Coach Meyer, Ekart knew the student-athletes at Beatrice work hard in the weight room and enjoy competing.
“I look forward to working with the team and the other students in the weight room and I am bringing a lot of experience and a ton of energy and enthusiasm to weight room and practice field.”
Ekart served as an Orangemen assistant coach under Bob Sexton as a defensive coordinator and freshman coach from 2007 until 2011. He also served as the defensive coordinator at Gothenburg High School, where they reached the state playoffs the two years he coached there.
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