Robert Weiner was back at his office at Plant High School Tuesday, announcing he would remain the Panthers’ head coach instead of taking a job as an assistant at USF.
Weiner announced Sunday in an emotional meeting at the Plant High School field house that he would be departing to be the Bulls’ wide receivers coach.
Clearly on the fence, Weiner had a change of heart 48-hours later.
The pull for Weiner from the young men at Plant was too much, where he went 102-19 during nine seasons.. During his tenure, Weiner has coached in five state title games, winning five of them.
"It's been an emotional roller coaster to say the least," Weiner said. "But I think the emotions are appropriate. In the end, you have to follow your heart, and my heart was with Plant and these players."
Those around the community who knew Weiner understood his decision. The coach has always been about his players. Coaching in college would have earned him more money, but it wasn’t like that for Weiner.
"Coach Weiner is a great coach and a man who will continue to do great things at Plant,'' Taggart said in a statement released by USF. "We knew pulling him away from the young men in the Plant program would be very difficult for him, and we wish him continued tremendous success moving forward.''
Weiner’s hiring at USF could have boosted the Bulls’ recruiting prowess across the state but Taggart must move in his search for a receivers coach. The other candidate who interviewed for the job, former N.C. State assistant coach and former NFL receiver Troy Walters, has already accepted a job as receivers coach at Colorado.
Meanwhile, Taggart must also fill some other key positions on his staff. He continues his search to fill five assistant coaching positions including the most crucial, defensive coordinator.
Taggart, who was hired on Dec. 8, has already hired three assistants from WKU: offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Walt Wells, quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan and defensive assistant, Raymond Woodie. Running backs coach, Larry Scott, was retained from Skip Holtz’ staff.