Van Meter returns to gridiron sideline

FRIENDSWOOD — There is nothing as frustrating as to look in the rearview mirror of life and regret that you didn't do something when you knew you were still able to do it.

For over 20 years -- former Friendswood head football coach Steve Van Meter fashioned one of the premier football programs in the state. He followed Friendswood coaching legend Henry Winston while establishing his own remarkable imprint on the Mustang program as the second winningest coach in school history with a 148-80-1 mark before stepping down in 2012.

After a couple of years away from the game, Van Meter re-energized his battery and accepted an offer to be the head football coach for the Hutto Hippos. He also became the first athletic director in the history of Hutto ISD.

Once again -- success followed the innovative coach as he led the Hippos to four playoff appearances while posting a 39-20 record from 2013-2017. He now has a 187-100-1 career mark. He has led his teams to 19 playoff appearances and reached three regional title games, four regional quarterfinals, and two state semifinals.

After a short-lived two-year retirement, Van Meter has returned to the sideline that he has known for 35 years.

During the past two years, Van Meter spent time with family in the Friendswood area, including his wife's father, who recently passed away.

He had also hosted a quarterback school, but working with some of the area's top signal-callers created an empty void that he wasn't able to fill.

"I just couldn't get it out of my blood," Van Meter recently said. "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."

Recently, Van Meter got the call giving him another opportunity to do what he loves most and that is guiding a football program to new heights.

This time, he is taking the helm of a very young football team at Pflugerville Weiss High School which just completed two years of varsity football. Coach Van will be in the drivers seat of a young squad that will be guided by one of the best in the business.

The offensive guru will be back in his element that will put one of the most exciting teams on the field on Friday night with an exciting and innovative offense and a suffocating defense.

Weiss went 0-10 their first year of varsity competition in 2018, but the Wolves went 9-3 in 2019 with a playoff win in the bi-district round before being eliminated in the area round.

"We have a lot going on during this time of the CoronaVirus," Van Meter said. "I am excited about the future at Weiss and am thankful for another opportunity. I know God has a plan for our lives and I believe He has opened this door for me and Lisa."