Area coaches moving and shaking
While the RISD just rewarded Tiger football coach Jeff Miller with a well-deserved two year contract, several area coaches are getting itchy feet and have either tried to move on or moved on altogether.
Of course it has been well publicized that after just two seasons in Cameron, Rick Rhoades was a finalist for the Temple job which was eventually given to Abilene Cooper’s Mike Spradlin.
Spradlin had coached at Round Rock Westwood and Navasota.
With the ghost of Bob McQueen hovering around Wildcat Stadium, Temple has struggled since his retirement and were 19-43 under fired coach Bryce Monsen in six years.
Also, after three straight losing seasons after an appearance in the state title game four years ago, Brian Lewis resigned at Robinson and was replaced by Tommy Allison who led Cayuga to a state championship.
Allison was one of the three coaches who replaced Miller at Jacksboro.
Rosebud-Lott is also looking for a new coach after Robby Edwards stepped down after two seasons and a 9-12 record.
Since long-time coach Bill Blaine retired in 2004 after capturing a state championship in 2002, the Cougars will hire their fourth coach the past seven years.
Monday, Pine Tree hired Giddings’ Derek Fitzhenry as its new athletic director/head coach.
You may remember, Fitzhenry had actually accepted the same positions at Pasadena Dobie last year at this time, but had a change of heart at the last minute and returned to Giddings.
Fitzhenry won the job over 125 applicants. He replaces Huey Chancellor who accepted a job at Rockport-Fulton.
Class 4A Pine Tree was 1- 9 last season, allowing 403 points while scoring just 97.
Fitzhenry led the Buffaloes to great success with a 73-23 record and under his watch, the girls program had its greatest successes in the history of the school.
He had previously made coaching stops at Odessa Permian, Cypress Fairbanks and Humble.
Fitzhenry’s oldest son Brock plays at the University of Texas and his middle son Spencer is in his senior year.
In a curious case of a coach turning down his dream job, Navasota’s Lee Fedora told A&M Consolidated no thanks when offered the position.
Fedora, 39, was a star for the Tigers in the late 1980s, but has also been successful in Navasota with a 44-25 mark in six seasons (38-11 in the last four years).
He has also been blessed with some incredible talent, the likes of Dexter Pratt.
Fedora also tried to get the Temple job.
A&M hired its second choice, Cypress Falls’ David Raffield, to replace the retired Jim Slaughter, who was entrenched for 11 years.
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