AUDIO: New ACHS football coach Chet Pobolish says he’s ready to establish roots following 24-year collegiate career


UPDATED: Tuesday, 11:12 a.m.

New Ark City High School head football coach Chet Pobolish had familiarity with the Bulldogs before he was hired Monday to succeed Jon Wiemers.

Pobolish and Wiemers, who accepted a head coach job at Olathe West in March, go back to 1999, where they were both on Jerry Kill’s football staff at Emporia State and later on staff together at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Kill, a Southwestern College football alum, was the Big 10 Coach of the Year in 2014 when he was at the helm of the Minnesota Gophers and associate athletic director at Kansas State University in 2016.

He’s currently the head football coach at New Mexico State and has a collegiate head coaching record of 165-110.

“Coach Wiemers and I worked together again at Southwestern Oklahoma State before he went back to Ark City,” Pobolish told Bob FM live Tuesday morning from Waleska, Georgia. “So yeah, I’m very familiar. I was at the (2020) state championship game supporting the Bulldogs. I’m familiar with the community. I’ve been there several times. I spent a New Year’s there as well. I consider the Wiemers’ family to me.”

Pobolish comes to Ark City High School from Waleska, where he has been the offensive coordinator at Reinhardt University since January 2022.

Before Reinhardt, Pobolish was the head coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for four years after one season as offensive coordinator and a quarterbacks coach at Missouri Western State University.

“We are excited to have Coach Pobolish as our next football coach,” ACHS Athletic Director Aaron Bucher said in news release on the hire Tuesday morning. “We have no doubt that Chet will continue to build upon the foundation here at Ark City and put his stamp on the program. We are also excited to welcome his wife Holly and daughter Lauran to the Bulldog family.”

A native of Moundsville, West Virginia, Pobolish graduated from Emporia State University in 1999, where he met his wife, Holly, who is from Emporia. Pobolish was four-time All MIAA selection (WR) and three-year captain for the Hornets.

“Holly, Lauran, and I are extremely excited for this opportunity and to be a part of the Ark City community,” Pobolish said in USD 470’s press release. “We felt really at home while visiting and are looking forward to continuing the Bulldog traditions.”

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2022 – Reinhardt University (Asst. Coach and Offensive Coordinator)
2018-21 – SWOSU (Head Football Coach)
2017 – Missouri Western (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
2016 – Southeastern Louisiana (Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams/Wide Receivers)
2013-15 – Southeastern Louisiana (Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
2012-13 – Southeastern Louisiana (Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
2007-11 – Delta State (Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers)
2004-06 – Emporia State (Quarterbacks/Video Coordinator)
1993-03 – Emporia State (Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers)