Coaches grab early headlines in 2A & 3A
Understandably, a lot of attention has already swirled around the new HC at 3A D1 Mount Vernon—Art Briles, and whether he can regain the stature he enjoyed at Baylor and earlier, leading Stephenville to four state titles?
Refugio Bobcat fans have an additional interest in Mount Vernon. Lynx Hawthorne, the former Bobcat and Baylor Bear, is on Briles' staff. Lynx is perhaps best remembered by college fans as the Baylor wide receiver pressed to play quarterback in 2014 following injuries to the 1, 2 and 3 players at that position.
San Saba also has a new head coach, unexpectedly. When Jerod Fikac accepted Georgetown's offer to head its new East View 5A program in February, Andreas Aguirre was immediately promoted from DC to take over an Armadillo team that was 14-1 in 2018, losing to New Deal in the state semis, 35-6. In his first year at San Saba (2017) Fikac's team was 6-5, following a 0-10 record in 2016. Previously, Fikac worked for 12 years in Wimberley, with Weldon Nelms.
Again, of particular interest to Copano fans is Joe Richard "JR" Castellano, a native of Refugio, taking over as HFC of the Taft Greyhounds. Most recently, Castellano was DC for the Beeville Trojans.
Defensive coordinators have also been promoted to the head coaching jobs for two of the top contenders in 2AD1: Daniel Boedeker has replaced the retiring Steven Cerny at Shiner; and Michael McLeod has taken over at Mason, with former HC Kade Burns becoming the MHS principal.
Mason gets an early start on defending its 2AD1 crown, hosting Wall on Thursday, August 29th.
Every team competing faces a challenge, every week in every game. But each of these new coaches has a unique opportunity in 2019.
Briles and Castellano hope to build faltering programs into good ones. Boedeker and McLeod follow head coaches with sterling careers. And Aguirre? He's got a huge challenge: to follow up successfully at San Saba, which is coming off the best year ever in its 100 plus years of fielding a high school football team.
One other coaching change merits the attention of Copano followers: Matt Schobel, of the TCU Schobels, begins his first year as HC in his home town, Columbus . He'll debut with his 2019 Cardinals at home on August 30th, against a strong Goliad team.