Part of football royalty, Hamrick joins RHS

Grandfather, father successful football coaches


Hunter Hamrick (right, seen here with Tiger assistant- Bart Gibbs) comes to Rockdale from Class 5A Los Fresnos. He has also coached at Lexington. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Hunter Hamrick (right, seen here with Tiger assistant- Bart Gibbs) comes to Rockdale from Class 5A Los Fresnos. He has also coached at Lexington. Reporter/Bill Martin When it came to choosing a profession, Hunter Hamrick probably didn’t have much say in the matter—it’s in his blood.

Part of one of the most storied and respected coaching families in Texas high school history, Hunter Hamrick has become the new of fensive coordinator for the Rockdale Tigers.

Hamrick replaces John Kovar, who became the head c oach at Nor ma ngee, but recently resigned (see story at right).

“He is a good football coach,” said Rockdale football coach Jeff Miller. “He’s great with the kids and well organized. He’s a great addition.”

Hamrick is the grandson of one of the winningest coaches in Texas high school history, Bill Hamrick, who coached for 47 years from 1950 to 1996 and won 160 games.

Hamrick is also the son of Slugger Hamrick, who recently retired from Bremond, where he became the most successful coach in the school’s history in 13 years there.

Hamrick’s brother Heath coaches at Rio Vista after a playing career at Trinity.

Looking a decade younger than his 28 years, Hamrick comes to Rockdale from Class 5A Los Fresnos in the valley.

He previously spent three years

HAMRICK FILE

Age—28 Family—Wife, Morgan. Son Hayze, 18 months. High School—Bremond College—Mary Hardin-Baylor Previous jobs— Los Fresnos (2010 -12), Lexing ton (2007- 2010)

at nearby Lexington.

Los Fresnos was 8-3 last seasson and employed a fairly balanced attack, where the quarterback threw for 1,200 yards and two Falcon rushers each ran for over 1,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Los Fresnos averaged nearly 300 yards on the ground and 35 points a game.

“Hunter wants to be a multi-set guy and right now we are tailored to the spread offense, which will continue to do,” Miller said.

Hamrick will inherit an offense that relied heavily on quarterback Ethan Brinkley and was forced to start a freshman (Dailynn Ramey) at running back for a 4-6 team.

Brinkley set several school passing records last season and is close to becoming the Tigers’ all-time leading passer.

The Tigers open the season August 31 at Salado.

Hamrick does have a slight Rockdale connection. When he played football at Mary Hardin- Baylor, his roommate was former Tiger linebacker Jacob Garza, whose wedding he just attended.

Miller is expected to hire one more coach to round out his staff.


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