Tim Spiers is back in the Four Rivers Conference.

Spiers, a St. Clair High School graduate and former head boys basketball coach at Washington High School, has been named the new head boys basketball coach at Hermann High School. He will teach physical education at the high school.

Spiers replaces Tim Wenkel, who recently became the head basketball coach at Bishop LeBlond High School in St. Joseph.

“I’m happy to be back in the area. Hermann is a great place to go and continue to build their basketball program,” Spiers said. “I’m excited to be coaching basketball again.”

Spiers coached at WHS for eight years, serving as head coach from 1994-2000. He also coached at Joplin High School for 10 years, four as head boys basketball coach.

He will go from coaching two larger school programs at Washington and Joplin to coaching at a smaller school at Hermann.

“Coaching against Hermann and watching them in the past, two things I always noticed was the kids were very coachable and they always played hard,” Spiers said. “When you have that, you always give yourself a chance to be successful.”

Spiers is familiar with other coaches and schools in the FRC.

“John VanLeer (Pacific) and I went to school together at SMS (now Missouri State) and of course coached against each other. Greg Dunigan is no longer coaching St. Clair, but we know each other well. I’ve coached against Dino McKinney (Sullivan), Ray Steinhoff (New Haven) and Ben Smith (St. James). I’ve also gotten to know Josh Vinyard (Owensville) pretty well. There are a lot of good coaches in the conference.”