Miller didn't look too far for new trainer
Granted it was a daunting task for RISD Athletic Director Jeff Miller in searching for a replacement for popular trainer Henry Hawkins, but he reached out to a neighbor and tabbed Caldwell native Dustin Cedidla.
Cedidla was the very first graduate from the newly accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at UMHB.
For the past four years Cedidla has been at Class 4A Livingston including the past two as head trainer.
There were a dozen applicants.
"What gave him the edge was his experience," Miller said. "We had a lot of people who were fresh out of college.
"So much for what I look for is compatibility to what we do and with the rest of the coaches. I look for good, hard working people and I got that feeling about Dustin. I know Livingston hates to lose him and people spoke very highly of him."
Cedidla replaces Hawkins who resigned at the end of the school year to take a position with Little River Heathcare.
"I'm glad to be back in this area," Cedidla, 27, said. "It's an exciting time to be here involved in Rockdale athletics."
Cedidla brings a different perspective to the trainer's position. He was not a trainer in high school or college but excelled as a football player.
After high school, the offensive lineman played at Mary Hardin-Baylor with former Rockdale star P.J. Williams, who now coaches at Sealy.
"It helps you as a former player to feel some empathy for the athletes a little more because you know exactly what they're feeling."
Nic at night
Nic Hammett will represent Rockdale one more time before heading off to Rice when he participates in the Texas High School Coaches Association's annual all-star football game.
The all-star contests coincide with the 79th edition of the THSCA coaching school which is held July 19-22 at the Austin Convention Center.
Three future Owl teammates will suit up for the South squad along with Hammett: Broderick Jackson (Kirbyville), Cade Shaw (Corpus Christi) and Jon Hodde (Burton) and they will face off against a pair of future teammates on the North squad: Chris Boswell (Keller) and Alex Lowry (Caddo Mills).
Hammett was named firstteam all-state at linebacker after a stellar season in which he averaged 18 tackles a game and led Rockdale to a 9-3 mark, the Tigers' best showing in a decade.
The 6 -foot-4, 230 -pound Hammett, who also hopes to play baseball at Rice, was named the defensive most valuable player in District 24-3A.
The game is being played at Memorial Stadium on the University of Texas campus at 7:30 p.m. and will also be televised on Fox Southwest (Cable 30).
Here are the five most famous trainers in sports history:
1. Angelo Dundee—Taught Cassius Clay how to back up what his mouth started with his fists.
2. Frank Medina—University of Texas legend was a stern taskmaster.
3. Bob Baffert—The silver haired Svengali has guided 3 Kentucky Derby w inners, 4 Preakness w inners and one Belmont Stakes victor.
4. Bella Karolyi—He is gymnastics.
5 . Butch Ha r mon—When Tiger's got troubles, he knows where to go.