Miller looking for help after resignations

Richards, Kerbow head up exodus of Tiger coaches


Jarad Richards (left) and Jim Kerbow have taken new jobs. Jarad Richards (left) and Jim Kerbow have taken new jobs. The help wanted sign is back in the w indow at the Rockdale Field House as five Tiger coaches resigned in the past few weeks.

Jarad R ichards and Jim Kerbow top the list of coaches who have moved on to new schools.

“Ever ybody has bettered themselves,” said Athletic Director/Head Coach Jeff Miller of the moves. “It has put us in a bind because it has come so late, but we have everybody committed to us at every position except defensive coordinator.”

R icha rd s— who a spi re s to become a head football coach— has returned to Lexington where he will become offensive coordinator.

The Eagles are coming off a state championship game appearance.

Richards—who came to Rockdale from Lexington—had been here for five years, with his main responsibility as head baseball coach.

He will not coach baseball with the Eagles.

Richards posted a 62-63 record and led the Tigers to their first playoff appearance in 10 years in 2009 with a 22-9 record.

He led Rockdale to back-toback winning seasons for the first time since the 1999-2000 seasons.

He was the third longest tenured and third winningest coach in RHS history.

Kerbow has become the new defensive coordinator at Class 4A Lamar Consolidated, which was 4-6 last season.

Kerbow came over from Rosebud Lott three years ago and served as Miller’s defensive coordinator.

He was also head track coach for one season and guided the Tigers to the district championship in 2011.

Varsity assistant Tim Spradlin has taken a job at Class 5A Fort Bend Dulles, so has junior high assistant Brantley Gallman.

Assistant softball coach Paul Swetlick is now the head softball coach at Class 2A Grand Saline.

Miller had previously hired Charles Hall, who will become the head boys track coach.

Hall comes to Rockdale from Rotan and was the Yellowhammers head track coach. He has also coached at Weimar.

His football duties will include coaching the receivers.

Miller is still two coaches short after the resignations of Dustin Westbrook and Chris Taylor.

Westbrook retired and took the school district’s teacher buyout plan, while Taylor was forced to resign early this year after having improper contact with a student and being arrested.

“All these coaches have been great assets to the school building, the classrooms and the athletic program,” Miller said. “But it’s truly exciting and a great opportunity to get some new faces in here. New ideas and new concepts will be good for us. It will be a positive.”

DEPARTURES

Here is a list of Tiger coaches
who have taken new jobs:
James Saegert—Retired
Jarad Richards— Offensive coordinator at Lexington
Jim Kerbow—Defensive coordinator
at Lamar Consolidated
Tim Spradlin—Assistant at Ft.
Bend Dulles
Dustin Westbrook—Retired
Brantley Gallman—Assistant at Ft.
Bend Dulles
Paul Swetlick—Head softball at
Grand Saline












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