North High's new head football coach Jon Niemic graduated from Briar Cliff in 2009 with a degree in history and secondary education. Photo by Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Jon Niemic had a plan, but even he was a little surprised it came together so quickly.
Niemic, a senior offensive lineman on the Briar Cliff football team in 2009, is now less than a week from beginning preseason drills as the head football coach at North High at just 26 years old.
“I would have said there is no way, but I am excited for the challenge.”
— Jon Niemic ('09), North High head football coach
“I would have said there is no way, but I am excited for the challenge and the opportunity to work with these coaches,” said Niemic of his opportunity to lead a football program. “We are going to have some fun and hopefully pick up a couple more wins.”
He is succeeding Shawn Meth, who resigned after last season and still teaches at North. Meth was at the helm for four years and had a record of 12-27.
Niemic, who spent four years on the North staff as an assistant, found out in May that he would take over the top varsity position. It is his first head coaching job at the varsity level after serving as the freshman head coach last year (his team went 4-5).
He grew up in Crystal Lake, Ill., which is a town about an hour northwest of Chicago, and has been an assistant coach for the offensive line and the varsity offensive coordinator during his time with the Stars. He is also a teacher at the high school, which he believes will help him in his new position on the gridiron.
“I think one of the biggest reasons I got the job is my relationship with the kids, and it made the transition easier because I know the kids and the parents,” Niemic said.