By Nate Dugener

HESPERIA–Tyler Fehler will look to turn around the Hesperia football program after a disappointing season a year ago.

Fehlher has been hired to take over a Panther team that finished 1-7 last season, 0-4 in conference play.

Tyler spent four seasons as an assistant at Muskegon Heights. Fehler, upon graduation from Concordia Ann Arbor University, was hired as a social studies teacher at Heights. This past season he was the offensive coordinator.

Fehler’s new duties not only include the Panther football program, but teaching middle and high school social studies at Hesperia. While teaching at Muskegon Heights, Fehler taught Economics, Government, U.S. History and World History.

“I loved every second at Muskegon Heights in the classroom and on the football field,” he said.

Fehler was born and raised in Fruitport and graduated in 2013. While attending high school, Tyler participated in the sports of football, basketball, baseball and golf.

Tyler graduated from Concordia in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. While at Muskegon Heights, Fehler earned his teaching certification in social studies.

“After this past year at Muskegon Heights, I felt like it was time to move on and pave my own way with football,” Fehler said. “The Hesperia opening just made sense to me and I felt like it would be a great place for me to build my own program.”

Recently hired Hesperia football coach Tyler Fehler

Fehler’s plans for the Hesperia season, offensively and defensively, will remain a secret, at least for now.

“You will find out,” he said.

Tyler’s priority is to bring Hesperia back to a winning culture on the football field.

“Bring the passion for football back to Hesperia,” Fehler said. “This community is tough and has had a lot of success in the past. I am going to do everything I possibly can to gain the trust of the community, so they know I am all in for them. Once we get to a point where we are holding each other accountable to be the best we can be on and off the field, the winning will come.

Fehler had a chance to meet some of his players recently.

“I could not be more excited to get to know them and work with them in the classroom and on the football field,” he said.