BETHALTO — Mike Parmentier is back in the head coaching game.
The Bethalto School Board approved Parmentier as the Civic Memorial High head football coach on Monday night. Parmentier, 46, replaces Justin Winslow, who resigned last month.
“I'm excited about it, because it's a great situation,” Parmentier said. “It feels like I'm back to normal.”
For the past two years, Parmentier served as an assistant for Winslow. The Eagles went 7-3 in 2015 and qualified for the IHSA playoff for the first time since 2010. They had a postseason game at Hauser Field for the first time in 10 years and registered their most victories since logging nine wins in 2005.
Parmentier previously was head football coach at both Staunton and Girard high schools. His 2013 Staunton team finished second in the Class 2A IHSA finals during a magical run to the championship game. Staunton went 5-4 during the regular season, then won four consecutive playoff games before bowing to Sterling Newman Catholic, 40-13 in the 2A title game.
During Parmentier’s nine seasons at Staunton, he compiled a 53-41 record, including a 10-2 mark in 2010. While at Girard, he guided the Big Red to playoff berths in 2000 (9-2 record), 2001 (10-2 record) and 2002 (6-4 record). He coached there for seven years, compiling 40-29 record. Girard has since merged with Virden to form North Mac High School. The Panthers’ first football season was in 2010.
“I feel like we have some good guys coming back, “said Parmentier. “It's a huge plus for us to have most of our offensive line returning.”
Joe Parmentier, Mike’s older brother, serves as the boys’ tennis coach at East Alton-Wood River High. He also was the Oilers’ head basketball and football coach. Dad Bill, who assisted Mike at Staunton, was head football coach at Girard and Gillespie, plus head basketball coach at Gillespie, Southwestern, Lawrenceville and Elk Grove.
Winslow, owner of a 20-26 record the past five seasons at CM, is seeking to become an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks.
Senior running back John Whitworth, the AdVantage News Football Player of the Year, led the way for the Eagles this fall. He rushed for a school-record 1,466 yards while tallying 19 touchdowns. He was also named the Alton Knights of Columbus’ Offensive Back of the Year. Senior quarterback Adam Hill completed 134 of 229 passes for 1,906 yards and 20 touchdowns.
The Eagles are expected to return an ample portion of their talent for 2016, including linemen Andrew, Brandon and Curtis Deckard, lineman Cody Reynolds, defensive back Rikki Lafferty, quarterback/running back Corey Price, running back Zach Williams and receiver David Lane, among others.
Parmentier also served as an assistant coach for Rick Reinhart at CM from 1993-95.