Football coach ready to take on new challenge
By Jan Rahn
Plainsmen football boys are already acquainted with their new teacher and coach in the district through football camp held July 22-26.
New head football coach Carlie Wells is also Perkins County Schools’ activities director and half-time physical education teacher.
Wells replaces Chip Kay who accepted a superintendent position at Shelby-Rising City after serving in the Perkins County District for six years. He comes to Perkins County from Elgin/Pope John where his teams have won the last two Class D-1 State Championships.
“My immediate goals in physical education, AD position and head football coach center around teamwork,” said Wells.
“Teamwork is a cooperative effort by members of a group or team to achieve a common goal—yet it is much more than that. Teamwork involves self-discipline, generosity, selflessness, humility, strength and character.
“As these qualities grow in the individual, the team becomes stronger. As the team becomes stronger, the individual reaps the benefits of the growth as well. This is one of my goals as the AD and head football coach.”
As a Broken Bow High School graduate, Wells received his Master’s Degree in administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney last year. He was born in Wyoming, moved to South Dakota, and then to Broken Bow when he was five. He received an elementary teaching degree from UNK and his first job was at Elgin Public Schools. During his seven years at Elgin, he pursued his K-12 physical education degree and filled that position when the PE teacher left.
His wife, Kim grew up in Bartlett and graduated from Wheeler Central High School. She has an RN degree in nursing from UNK, and will be working as the school nurse in the Perkins County district.
The Wellses have four young sons, Cyrus age 10, Connor who is nine, seven-year-old Cal and Cobe who is four.
“My wife and I feel that the community has been very welcoming, and we feel Grant is a great place to be,” said Wells. “I am excited to take on this new challenge and I am looking forward to a great school year.”