Van Meter named Weiss head football coach

April 8, 2020 

Former Friendswood and Hutto head football coach Steve Van Meter has been named athletic coordinator and head coach for Weiss High School.

Van Meter brings 35 years of experience as an educator/coach in Texas public schools. In 1992, he began his tenure as head coach at Friendswood, where his teams would advance to the state quarterfinals three times (1996, 2000, 2001) and to the state semifinals twice (2008, 2010).

In 2012, he stepped down at Friendswood and began his own private quarterback school, but he re-emerged as Hutto High School head coach a year later. By 2014, he had the Hippos in the Class 5A Division II state quarterfinals.

He retired in 2017 from Hutto to be with family in the Friendswood area, including his wife’s father, who recently passed away.

Van Meter compiled an overall record of 187-98-1 over 24 seasons at Friendswood and Hutto, with 18 playoff appearances. At Friendswood, Van Meter’s programs twice captured the UIL Lone Star Cup, awarded annually to the top athletic and academic programs in Texas.

“I just couldn’t get it out of my blood,” Van Meter said of returning to coaching. “I love being in the arena, around the coaching staff, the kids. I didn’t want to be an old man and say, ‘You know what? You gave it up too early.’”

In 2010, he was inducted into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor. 

In Weiss, which was playoff-bound last year in just its second year of varsity play, Van Meter says he sees “tremendous potential.”

Van Meter is expected to begin at Weiss next week. He replaces Tommy Aultman, who stepped down as head coach to accept a position in district Athletics.