This Week in TXHSFB (Feb. 22): Big-time vacancies get filled with Texas High still looming
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Some of the state’s biggest job openings saw their vacancies filled this week, and that headlines this edition of news and notes. We start in the Alamo City, where San Antonio’s top program in Cibolo Steele saw their vacant head football coach opening filled as co-defensive coordinator David Saenz was promoted to head coach on Thursday night. Saenz, who has been on staff for ten years, is thought of as a bright young defensive mind and keeps the continuity in place at Steele, which has become a trademark. Steele twice has had to hire a new football coach in their young history, and both times the hire has come from inside, as successful programs tend to breed successful head coaching candidates.
One of the two openings in Beaumont ISD was filled over the weekend, as DC Eric Peevey was promoted to HFC replacing Kevin Flannigan who, after leading the Bruins to an outstanding 11-2 2016 season, departed for Tomball. Staying in the Golden Triangle, in a bit of a surprise move, Jasper ISD administration informed HC Darrell Barbay that he would not be retained as the Bulldogs HFC/AD. Barbay has gone 43-19 at Jasper in five years at the helm, twice taking the Bulldogs to the third round of the playoffs and advancing to the area round in each season.
Midland High had 24 total applicants for their vacant HFC opening after the retirement of Craig Yenzer, and MISD announced the next head coach at a press conference on Feb. 22 as DC Tim Anuszkiewicz was promoted to HFC. Coach Anuzkiewicz has prior HC experience at Borger.
Sweetwater will make their hire official later this week, but it looks to be Temple OC Ben McGehee who will be named, pending board approval.
Richmond George Ranch OC’s seem to be popular hires these days as for the second straight year, HC Ricky Tullos sees his OC become a HFC. Last year, Brian Ricci – after coordinating a state champion offense – left to take over at Harlingen South, while this year OC Jens Anderson departs George Ranch after being hired as HFC/AD at Elgin. It appears the Rosenberg Terry hiring process is kicking into high gear this week as LCISD is bringing in initial candidates to interview for the opening created by the retirement of longtime HC Tim Teykl. Katy Tompkins is also proceeding with their hiring process as initial interviews were conducted earlier this week, and it appears KISD is moving quickly as finalists for the position are being brought in before the weekend hits. Cy Falls also looks to be close to replacing Kirk Eaton, who was promoted to Cy Fair ISD assistant AD a month ago. All indications are that the hire will be internal and a member of Eaton’s staff is likely to get the promotion to HFC.
Count this under something you don’t see often: it’s rare you see a coordinator from a 2A school become a head coach at a 4A school, but that is the direction Fort Worth ISD decided to go as they hired Springlake-Earth DC Oscar Castillo to become HFC at Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis. Arlington Seguin, which was supposed to start interviews for their vacant HFC position this week, has had to postpone interviews. We’ll monitor the situation to see when Arlington ISD will pick the process back up to replace new Cedar Hill head coach Carlos Lynn.
Out in East Texas the movement continues. Of note, Sabine and Hallsville are still progressing with interviews but have yet to make a hire. Sabine has been open for quite some time, so it will be interesting to see what direction they go, as based on the timelines, it appears the hire will be from the outside. Mount Vernon officially promoted Josh Finney to HFC/AD last week. Finney had served as acting HC most of 2016 after Dickey Meeks started to run into some health issues during the season. Finney is an eight-year head coaching veteran amassing an impressive 63-29 record at Maud, Teague and Hull-Daisetta. The big job out east that’s still open is Texarkana Texas High. It was thought TISD would make a hire on Tuesday night, but in speaking with sources, the decision is delayed until at least next week. It still appears the two finalists are a HC in the DFW area and a current East Texas HC.
El Paso Hanks made a bit of a splash Wednesday with the hiring of Humboldt State University OC Aaron Price as their next HFC. Price, who is the son of former UTEP HC Mike Price, spent time at UTEP and Tulane as a position coach before a one-year stint at the Division II university in California.
One of the state’s smallest schools (with one of its most unique mascots) is in search of a new head football coach as Brandon Allen and Rocksprings parted ways last Thursday. Allen, who came to Rocksprings after a stint as an assistant at Ozona, spent two years leading the Angoras and will now head to Lumberton to join the staff there. Not too far away in Junction, Junction ISD is expected to name special teams coordinator Rob McAdams as their new HFC/AD at a special board meeting Wednesday evening. McAdams has been on staff at Junction for twelve years.
As expected, Littlefield stayed in house with their replacement for retired HC Bryan Huseman as longtime assistant Brent Green was promoted and approved by the Littlefield school board on Friday afternoon. Green has been at Littlefield for 22 years. Bridgeport ISD has a special school board meeting called for tomorrow (Feb. 23), where they will hire a new HFC/AD for the first time in 24 years, replacing the retired Danny Henson. The three finalists are all head coaches at the 3A level and above, two from East Texas and one from South Texas. One of the East Texas head coaches looks to be the favorite to land the job.
Hico made the hire of Santo HC Randy Thornton official on Monday night. Thornton, who informed his team last week of his decision, leaves Santo to try to keep things on the right track at a Hico program that has seen plenty of recent success. Granger interviewed six initial candidates for their vacant HFC/AD position, and the field was narrowed to an unnamed number of finalists who are interviewing this week in a final round. All candidates who interviewed were outside candidates.
Tom Bean is expected to begin interviews towards the end of the month, while Collinsville is expected to hire sometime in March. Look for a former area head coach who is from Collinsville originally. Archer City opened up on Tuesday as Don Hasley resigned after a difficult four-year stint where he won just four games.
Down in the Valley we had plenty movement this week as Hidalgo quickly moved to replace David Duty. Former Port Isabel HC Monty Staumbaugh didn’t remain jobless long as he takes over the Pirates program. Duty quietly departed Hidalgo to take a job on staff at PSJA Southwest. Speaking of Port Isabel, the Tarpons have a new leader as Lyford HC Jaime Infante was hired Tuesday night at the school board meeting. Infante had been at Lyford for 14 years as HFC/AD.
It’s been an offseason full of transfers of several high profile players and that trend continued this week with two notable moves in the DFW area. Four-star safety Cam’ron Jones from Euless Trinity announced he was transferring to Mansfield, while Aledo running back Donnie Evans enrolled at nearby Crowley High School last week. Evans started all year at running back for Aledo, while splitting carries with freshman sensation Jase McClellan.
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June 13-15: Angelo Football Clinic, San Angelo http://www.angelofootballclinic.com/index.html
July 23-26: 2017 THSCA Coaches Convention & Coaching School, Houston
Matt Stepp is the Texas High School Football Inside for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Find him on Twitter: @Matt_Stepp817.