Coaches U-Haul report running out of ink
(Eds note: Texas Football hits the news stands June 21.)
While coaching changes are par for the course in any particular year, this is truly a season when you won’t be able to tell the coaches without a program.
There have been a plethora of changes right here in our own back yard, including new District 18-3A.
Taylor, who the Tigers will face again on Oct. 12 on the road after a two-year layoff, employ a new head coach.
Enter Rusty Purser who glides in from Borger after Rick Cobia left for Cypress Springs after six straight losing seasons.
Purser was 20-14 with three district championships at Borger.
Neighbor Caldwell welcomes former Cameron player and coach Kenneth Gilchrist after a successful run at Whitney to replace Chance Locklear who exits for the new College Station school after one year and a 1-9 record.
Gilchrist, hired May 1, is a Cameron native who has spent the last three seasons at Whitney where he went 11-19. He was a part of the staff at Lake Travis when it won its first of five state championships in 2007.
He’ll have his work cut out for him as the Hornets have not made the playoffs in two years and are coming off their worst season since 1998.
Justin Wiley surprised Smithville fans by accepting the head job at Ballinger, his hometown.
Wiley led the 7-3 Tigers to their first playoff appearance since 1999 and first 7-0 mark since 1971.
No replacement has been named as of yet as the Tigers head to a brand new district.
Rockdale hosts Smithville for homecoming Sept. 28.
Rockdale hosts Burnet in the second game of the year in the home opener and the Bulldogs will have a new head coach in Kurt Jones, Burnet’s defensive coordinator.
Over in Normangee, where they are still reeling over former Rockdale assistant John Kovar’s sudden resignation after just two months on the job, the school board has hired Corsicana Mildred offensive coordinator Kevin Morton as Kovar’s replacement.
Morton, a Mexia native, had interviewed for the job before Kovar was hired.
Kovar had replaced long time Normangee coach Brian Mullinix who resigned because of health concerns.
Hearne’s Ralph Lymas was forced out after a 2-7 ledger and the Eagles have yet to find a replacement.
Lymas was 25-31 in six seasons.
The smaller schools in the area might as well have installed revolving doors in the past school year.
In Granger, Charles hammond is out, Ramon Fuentes is in and inherits a 10-2 squad.
In Holland, Gary Ranthum is out after a 1-9 campaign, replaced by Belton linebacker coach Brad Talbert.
In Snook—in just its third season of competition—Phillip Pearce has left after a 2-8 season, followed up by Scott Cummings, the offensive coordinator at Harker Heights.
Pete Martinez is gone from Somerville and Slaton assistant Scott Pederson has taken his place.
Spinnin’ wheel, going ‘round...
According to the Bleacher Report, here are the five worst coaches in sports history:
1. Isiah Thomas (maybe the dumbest as well).
2. Rick Pitino (remember, this is pro records).
3. John Calipari (see above).
4. Lane Kiffin (bad at both levels).
5. Norv Turner (great assistant, terrible head coach).