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Coach's Desk: Midway, Odessa, Big Spring, Leander Glenn name new coaches


• Jeff Hulme Assumes Command at Waco Midway

Jeff Hulme always dreamed of coaching at a large district with a single high school.  The Georgetown native achieved his goal when he agreed to lead Waco Midway’s football program.

“The lure of a one high school-town and the community rallying behind it is what a 5A/6A coach is looking for,” he said.  “I happened to be lucky enough and blessed to get it.”

Hulme spent the previous eight seasons at Mansfield where he posted a 59-37 record and reached the playoffs seven times.  Prior to directing the Tigers, he served a head coach at Fort Bend Clements, compiling a 33-12 mark and three postseason appearances over four seasons.  As an assistant, Hulme coached at Kingwood, Humble, and Bastrop.

The Panthers haven’t seen many faces on the sideline over the past 30 years.  Kent Bachtel coached the Panthers for 23 years before retiring in 2009, and Terry Gambill ran the program for the past six seasons.  Gambill resigned in late January to accept the heading coaching position at Allen.

“I’m not coming here as a quick change,” Hulme said.  “I want to be here for a long time.  I want to follow in those two guy’s footsteps and take it to the next level that I think the Midway community wants.”

Moving to the Waco area puts Hulme in the same neighborhood as his high school football mentor, Baylor’s Art Briles.  Briles came to Georgetown in 1987, Hulme’s junior year, and his influence prompted Midway’s newest head hire to enter the coaching profession.

“(Briles) was a big influence on me,” he said.  “I wouldn’t be a coach today if he hadn’t moved to Georgetown, Texas.”

Panther fans might see a slightly different offensive slant when their team takes the field next fall.  Hulme prefers an offense featuring the running game.  Defensively, he plays an aggressive, attacking style that focuses on tackling.

“I’ve got some core beliefs, offensively and defensively, he said.  “I really believe you’ve got to run the ball to win championships.  That’s doesn’t mean I don’t like to throw the ball.  We’re going to find ways to win the ball game and put points on the board.”

Over 50 applicants applied for the position, and Hulme rose to the top through his passion, integrity, knowledge, and track record.  Over a dozen people ranging from athletic directors to sales reps called Midway ISD athletic director Brad Shelton to recommend the former Mansfield head coach.

Hulme resigned at Mansfield last Thursday and started his new job at Midway the following day.  He looks forward the shucking the coat and tie he wore at his press conference and getting into Panther coaching gear.

“I’ll be out here Monday getting after it,” he said.  “As a competitive coach who’s been in this business over 20 years, this is the place to be.”

• Bronchos Tab Danny Servance as Head Coach

Danny Servance now coaches his high school archrival.  The Ector County ISD recently hired the 1986 Odessa Permian graduate to head the Odessa High program.

Servance, who played on the Panthers 1984 state championship team, spent nine seasons at Lubbock Estacado prior to accepting the position.  He compiled a 53-50 record during his tenure with the Matadors, qualifying for the postseason every year and capturing three district titles.

“Danny has a heart for kids and he has the knowledge that can get our kids to the next level,” Odessa High principal Gregory Nelson told the Odessa American.  “I believe his consistency and his faithfulness to the programs he’s served in the past will speak to what we are looking for at Odessa High School.”

Servance, a 1991 Baylor graduate and letterman for the Bears at linebacker, worked at Odessa’s Central and Woodson Boys and Girls Clubs before returning to his high school alma mater as a junior varsity assistant in 1994.  The former Panther moved to the varsity staff in 1996, spending four seasons with the football squad before serving as Permian’s head basketball coach from 2000 to 2005.  The following season, Servance returned to coaching football and accepted the Estacado position in 2007.

“Football is a huge part of my life,” he commented to the American.  “I wouldn’t be here without it, and (it’s) a huge part of life here in West Texas.”

Over 30 applicants sought the position.  The search committee narrowed the list to four candidates:  Whitesboro’s Eddie Wayne Gill, Beeville Jones’ Jimmy Mitchell, and Gregory-Portland’s Matt Anastasio in addition to Servance.

“You look for someone that you believe is going to be able to carry through their plan that they present,” ECISD Executive Athletic Director Todd Vesely remarked to the American.  “You look for someone who is going to inject some enthusiasm and pride in their school and have every young person who is on the west side of town want to be a Broncho.”

Servance replaces Ron King, whose resignation the ECISD requested last November.  King coached the Bronchos 10 years, compiling a 42-64 won/loss record.

The Odessa native looks forward to returning to his roots and making a difference with students from his hometown.

“My goal is to teach kids how to be successful, not just on the football field, but with their lives after they leave school,” Servance told the American.

• Clint Finley Returns to Boyhood Roots in Big Spring

Clint Finley has come a long way since his days as Big Spring’s ball boy.  This week, the former head coach and athletic director at Los Fresnos in the Rio Grande Valley accepted the same position with the Steers.

Finley lived in the West Texas town on I-20 from 1986-87 when his father, Mickey, served as defensive coordinator.  As a coach’s son, he earned the right to shag balls in practice and on Friday nights.

“When I was young, (Big Spring) was good to me and my family, and I really enjoyed it,” Finley told the Midland Reporter-Telegram.  “When I saw the job opening, I threw my name in, and it worked out.”

According to Big Spring superintendent Chris Wigington, the district received 35 applicants for the position.  The school narrowed its choices to Finley and Odessa High offensive coordinator Boe Smith.

“There were a lot of good candidates, but we just felt he was the right fit,” Wigington remarked to the Reporter-Telegram.

During his six years at Los Fresnos, the Falcons posted a 49-20 record and made the playoffs each year.  In 2015, Los Fresnos went 9-2, losing to Weslaco 49-28 in bi-district.  Finley compiled a 3-6 postseason mark with the Falcons.

In addition to his head coaching duties, Finley spent one season as defensive coordinator at Schulenburg followed by three seasons at Victoria Memorial in the same capacity.

Big Spring’s newest coach also brings a variety of playing experience to the Steer program.  Finley starred at quarterback for Cuero and went on to play safety at Nebraska.  Following his collegiate career, he spent two seasons with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite playing bigtime college and professional football and coaching at the 6A level, Finley looks forward to returning to West Texas and directing a Class 4A program.

“It’s about being comfortable and I feel very comfortable right here in Big Spring, Texas,” he commented to the Reporter-Telegram.  “That’s one of the reasons that I’m here.  I’ve lived in West Texas and I like the atmosphere here.”

• Leander Glenn Tabs Rob Schoenfeld as First Coach

Rob Schoenfeld will start at the very beginning.  Leander Tom Glenn has selected Cedar Park’s former offensive coordinator as its first head coach.  The school will open in August 2016 for freshmen and sophomores.

“I didn’t want to pass up this opportunity,” Schoenfeld told the Austin American-Statesman.  “I wasn’t unhappy or had any reason to leave Cedar Park.  For the last four years, it’s been a tremendous experience.”

Last season, the Timberwolves captured the Class 5A Division II title and averaged 45.8 points per game with Schoenfeld directing the offense.  The 48-year-old former assistant also served on Cedar Park’s 2012 championship team and Bay City’s 2000 squad which won the Class 4A Division I title.

Tom Glenn won’t be Schoenfeld’s first gig as a head coach.  He compiled a 34-39 mark in seven seasons at Boling and Edna.

“Coach Schoenfeld’s passion for helping young people find success, both on the field and in the classroom, is unmatched,” Lee Bridges, senior director of athletics for Leander ISD, said in a release.  “His rich experience coaching football makes him a natural choice for the position.  I’m confident he will build a tradition of excellence at Glenn.”

Bridges has not commented directly on a timeline for Glenn to compete at the varsity level.  However, according to the FAQ section about the school on the Leander ISD website, the Grizzlies will play in Class 4A during its first two years of operation.

The district encompassing parts of Williamson and Travis counties has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade.  The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce reports the population has increased by 127 percent since 2002.

Gridiron talent does not appear lacking in the area.  Leander’s five current high schools combined for a 45-20 record in 2015.  The two newest, Rouse and Vandegrift, both reached the state semifinals within five years of their varsity debuts.

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