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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
Beau Riker is the Defensive Coordinator for the Post Antelopes football team and the Head Boys Track Coach for Post. He is also a geometry teacher at the high school.
Riker grew up in Anton, TX and competed in many sports for the Bulldogs. Coincidentally, Riker’s head coach when he was in high school is current Post Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Michael Pittman. Riker graduated from Anton in 2003, and he graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Riker completed his 13th year of coaching this year. He started out his coaching career at Hubbard, TX where Riker coached for one season from 2008-2009. After Hubbard, he landed in Archer City where he coached for the Wildcats from 2009 to 2011. Riker came to Post in the summer of 2011 where he has remained since.
As the head coach of the boy’s track program, Riker has had many athletes advance to the State Meet in Austin. In 2012, Riker had an athlete finish second in the girls triple jump. In 2013, the same athlete made it back to the State Meet in the triple jump. In 2018, the boys 4×400 meter relay qualified for State. The 4×400 meter relay would make it back to State in 2019, along with the 4×100 meter relay. This past season, the Boys Track and Field team won both the District and Area Meet, along with a runner-up finish at the Regional Meet behind Panhandle. All three relay teams qualified for the State Meet, and the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays medaled at State, as both finished in third place. Riker also had Isaiah Crawford in the 200-meter dash and Zach Courtney in the discus throw qualify for State.
During this past football season, Riker was the Dairy Max/Dave Campbell’s Texas High School Football Assistant Coach of the Week after the Post Antelopes shut down the lethal Panhandle Panthers offense in the Regional Round of the playoffs, winning 68-0.
“There will be a lot of new faces out on the football field in August, but I have the same expectations,” Riker said regarding the expectations for the upcoming season. “I hold the student athletes of Post to a very high standard. I expect the athletes to work hard every day so that they earn their victories in the season and in life.”
Riker enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. He says the biggest influence in his life is his wife, Stacy.
“We were married at a young age, and she helped me to mature as a young man,” Riker said. “She inspired me to get my college degree and pursue my passion to help and love kids.”
Riker has been married to his wife for 18 years. They have two sons, Kaden, age 12, and Brennan, age 17. His favorite quote is, “Don’t talk about it, be about it!”
“Post is a wonderful place I get to call home and raise my kids. Post really cares about kids and seeing the success of our extracurricular activities. I bleed black and gold.”
The Post Dispatch will highlight all the coaches and trainers from Post, Borden County, and Southland and describe their impact on their schools and communities. Brennan Riker can be reached at [email protected].