BELDING — Brian Houser has been a volunteer assistant football coach for the Belding Redskins the past 16 years.
Through those 16 years, three head coaches and countless practices, Houser has remained a loyal Redskin doing whatever he can to help improve the Belding football program.
For his hard work and dedication, Houser was nominated last fall for and won the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
Belding head coach Joe Schwander nominated Houser for the award.
“He does everything,” Schwander said. “For many an area he does everything. It seems like he wakes up everyday thinking about how he can help people.”
Winning an award like this never even crossed the mind of Houser. So he was surprised to say the least.
“I was pretty surprised actually,” Houser said. “I didn’t even know that type of an award even existed. Joe put me up for consideration and some of the other coaches and I just felt pretty honored. I was truly surprised.”
Houser graduated high school from Lansing Everett and played football for Grand Valley State University. He even coached at GVSU for a time after graduation.
Houser started in Belding in 1997, but it was a change in work schedule that allowed him to begin coaching for Belding.
“Some friends introduced me to Irv Sigler and I had talked about wanting to help again,” Houser said. “I had done some coaching where I played college (Grand Valley State University) ball before I went into corrections. When I got on day shift, I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Starting with Sigler, through Joel Wilker and now Schwander, Houser has coached several aspects of the Belding team.
“I’ve coached the secondary for a while. The first year I helped with the defensive scout team helping Eddie Albert,” Houser said. “When Joe took over I moved to outside linebackers. I’ve moved around a little bit.”
Schwander said Houser is a tremendous individual.
“In addition to all that he does, the players love him,” he said. “He will have players over from his position for weekly dinners. Overall, he is a tremendous individual and loves Belding, the school, kids and the game of football.”
Even though Houser just won a coaching award, his biggest reward from coaching football is being able to work with people.
“I like working with people. That is the part that is rewarding for me,” Houser said. “Working with kids, helping them learn the game of football and hopefully being a positive influence on them. I do like football, it’s a great game, but I enjoy the people.”
Houser has been a part of conference, district, regional and state championship teams during his 16 years. Last year was a transition year as Schwander took over the program and reworked the offense and defense.
“It was different for me. I had to learn a lot of new things and still am,” Houser said. “It’s different than what I was used to working with. It’s been a great transition and I think it’s quite a lot for another team to have to prep for.”
Belding will continue its transformation under Schwander with the help of Houser in late August against rival Greenville when the 2013 football season kicks off at Rudness Field.