The Parkview Vikings will have a new Head Coach for the first time in over a decade with the recent hiring of Brandon Randall, most recently with the Osage Indians. Clint Nurnberg has a new job at OTC in the Middle College program that he’s already begun. While he has chosen to not continue his High School coaching career, he and his brother Cliff will continue to be involved via the Legends/Legacy FC club program.
Clint started in 2001 with the boys, coaching his first game before he even was in the classroom at Parkview where he taught journalism. The Girls began in Spring 2004 and went on to earn an Ozark Conference title in 2009 with a 9-0 record followed by the District title in 2010, still fresh in my mind as it was followed three days later by the Joplin tornado. I’ll have more on Clint early next week as I get a proper retrospective pulled together.
Looking forward, some background on new Head Coach Brandon Randall. He joins the Vikings from Class 1 Osage Indians where he began the program for the small Lake of the Ozarks school. He was voted the Class 1 Southwest-Central Public School Coach of the Year this year and he had 4 girls who were on that list as well, joining 4 from Springfield Catholic. The team finished 18-5, reaching the Sweet 16 before running into Catholic, a 3-0 winner en route to their 4th place finish at State this year. It was also the first ever District title for the Lady Indians, in their 3rd year of play.
The Boys team lost in the District 9 Final this year to Crocker but featured All-State forward Robbie Mueller who is one of four players in the running for Ozark Sports Zone Soccer Player of the Year. The team finished 17-6 while Mueller set state goal scoring records.
Coach Randall will be in town Tuesday July 23rd to be introduced. The gathering will be at 6:30 pm at the Parkview Vikings grass pitch. His family will be with him. He also asked me to mention that the Parkview boys will scrimmage Lebanon and Camdenton on Thursday evening July 25th at Parkview. He’ll be there and the boys need to be there at 4:15 that afternoon.
Coach Randall grew up 55 miles south of Chicago, a reason why he and I hit it off four years ago when he began the Boys program in Osage. It was in Manteno, a small town on the outskirts of the Chicago suburbs. Manteno High School only had soccer so he has been involved with the game from an early age. He was a 4 year varsity letter winner at Manteno before going on to play at Olivet Nazarene University. He met his wife Ruth Wehrman at Olivet, who also played for the Tigers . During my freshman year he broke his back during a game, ending his college playing career. His wife went on to be the first All-American soccer player from ONU when she was named to the Honorable Mention NAIA All-American list. He continued to play outside of school, on a Lithuanian semi-pro reserve squad for two years.
My sophomore year in college I helped with the coaching staff at ONU for girls soccer. Junior year I was hired as the assistant varsity coach at my high school in Manteno. Senior year I was named head varsity coach at Bishop McNamara High School. While there we broke 7 school records including wins, goals scored, and goals allowed. We took 3rd in the Chicago Catholic league (they had never placed). I spent 2 years at BMac then took a substitute/aide job for 2 years at a high school named Reed-Custer High School.
I left Reed-Custer for a teaching job in Peotone, Illinois. I was named assistant boys varsity coach and asked to start the girls program and named head coach of girls. The next year I was named head boys coach as well. My boys record during my 3 years as head coach was 45-20-4. We made 2 sweet sixteens and won multiple tournaments and won our conference. My second year with the girls we advanced to the IHSA state finals. My 4 year record with the girls was 54-19-5.
I left Peotone after 4 years to move to Lake of the Ozarks to start the boys and girls teams at School of the Osage. Boys record 57-38. We had a player break the career scoring record set in 1966 with 173 career goals during that stretch. My girls record for 3 years as Osage waited a year for girls soccer was 41-30-2. We won our district this past spring and started 8 sophomores.
I have also attended the NSCAA National Convention and coaching clinics at Northern Illinois University and college soccer power Indiana University.
Married 11 years to Ruth, with 4 Daughters (Meegan 8, Raegan 6, Camdyn 4.8 and Madison 2.11) and are expecting #5 Due November 24th. We are both 33 years old. Brandon and his family are looking forward to all that Springfield has to offer a family.