By James R. Campbell
Nevada Daily Mail
Coach Wes Beachler's defensive coordinator, Don Epps, attributes Beachler's success to the example he sets and his ability to impart his message.
"We don't do it for the money," said Epps, who came here from Fort Scott, Kan. in 2011. "You get to develop young people on a daily basis and you can see the results quickly, right in front of you, as they develop emotionally and become better young men.
"When they get through our football program, they're going to be good fathers and good members of the community. Coach Beachler wants a blue collar, hard-nosed team that plays the game right and that's what the Nevada kids are good at.
"It's one thing to want something, but you have to know how to get there. We've made huge gains over the last two years because Wes is honest and consistent with the kids and their parents. He communicates his philosophy real well."
Beachler has been collecting books by coaches all his life, including the works of Bear Bryant, Vince Lombardi and Darrell Royal, but his primary professional model is Tom Osborne, the University of Nebraska athletics director and former congressman who won 255 games and three national championships for the Cornhuskers between 1973 and 1997.
Beachler also credits his wife Sarah and his Axtell, Kan., high school football and basketball coaches, Don Day, now of Wymore, Neb., and Jim Weeks of Crete, Neb., both of whom are still coaching.
"Having grown up eight miles from the Nebraska line, Coach Osborne's integrity and the way he coached and taught people were inspirational," he said.