Good timing means a lot in the coaching profession. William Braswell took advantage of the opportunity and accepted the head football coach and athletic director position at Dawson.
“As an assistant coach you always look for the right opportunity, but it has to be the right one,” he told the Corsicana Daily Sun. “I’ve been coaching 18 years and feel this is the opportunity I’ve been looking for.”
Braswell graduated from Carrollton R. L. Turner and attended college at Texas Tech and Hardin-Simmons. After graduation, he took a job with Abilene ISD and eventually worked up to assistant football coach.
In 2004, Braswell moved to Central Texas as running backs coach under Dave Henigan at Corsicana. After four seasons, he followed Henigan to Grapevine and returned to the area in 2010 as offensive coordinator at Mildred. The Metroplex native has also served as assistant golf coach at Corsicana and assistant football coach at Teague.
The Dawson position opened when Larry Prince resigned to return to his hometown of Garrison. In three seasons with the Bulldogs, Prince went 2-28.
“When Prince left, I heard the position was open,” Braswell remarked to the Daily Sun. “I had seen Dawson kids at powerlifting meets. I knew the ingredients to be successful were here.”
The Bulldogs have taken a pounding on the gridiron in recent years. Dawson suffered through four winless seasons from 2011 to 2014, enduring a 43-game losing streak in the process. Last year, the Bulldogs improved to 2-8.
But recent history doesn’t daunt Braswell. He believes Dawson’s players possess the talent and work ethic to turn the program around.
“I think they have just been unlucky here,” he told the Daily Sun. “A lot of what happens is about opportunity. There are certain times when it’s just a good fit. I feel like this is a good fit.”