Naasz Returning To Lincoln As Athletic Director And Wrestling Coach


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After two years coaching and teaching in the USD 273 Beloit district, Nate Naasz will be returning to the place he was before moving back to his hometown of Beloit.  Last week, the Lincoln USD 298 Board of Education approved Naasz as the athletic director, head wrestling coach and a science teacher.

The past two years, Naasz taught business classes at Beloit High School and was an assistant coach with Andy Niemczyk’s wrestling program.  He was also an assistant coach on the Beloit High football team in 2015.

Prior to Beloit, he coached and taught in the Lincoln school district.  Included in that stint were nine years as the head wrestling coach.  Many of the athletes he will coach will be kids that he has already coached in either high school or junior high.

Naasz and his wife Jill still live in Lincoln, and that was one of the big reasons they will both go back to the Lincoln schools as he explains.

With Naasz returning to Lincoln as the head wrestling coach, that means he will replace current coach John Gardner, who spent the last two seasons leading the Leopards.  Gardner was retired, but stepped up to the plate when Lincoln needed a coach on the mats.  Naasz talked about Gardner and how the coaching staff will look next season.

Also, Naasz knows that the athletic director position will bring different challenges as well.

All of Naasz’s new duties at Lincoln will begin with the 2017-18 school year.

For our full interview with Coach Naasz, listen here:




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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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