Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 24, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Herman leaving for Class 4A Lockhart

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

EUSTACE — Eustace ISD has begun the process of looking for a new athletic director and head football coach after the resignation of Brian Herman on Monday.

Herman has taken the head football coach and athletic coordinator position at Class 4A Lockhart ISD in the Austin area.

“It has been an interesting process and it wasn’t for any other reason other than it kind of fell in my lap,” Herman said. “I wasn’t looking by any means and Eustace has been amazing with the people, kids and administration have worked very hard.”

Herman was offered the position on Monday and told Eustace ISD Superintendent Coy Holcombe a meeting later that day.

“There is not doubt he came in and did a good job for us,” Holcombe said. “That is one of the reasons that he got the head coaching job at a 4A school.”

In his two years at Eustace ISD, Herman advanced to the state playoffs both years and finished with an overall record of 15-8.

Herman said this will be the third time he and his family have returned to Austin and this time it was a family move.

“My wife’s company is in Austin and for the past two years she has travelled back there once a month for multiple days at a time and it has been a strain on the family,” Herman said.

“It is a family move and we felt called to go home. It has been hard the past 30-something hours to tell everyone goodbye. We believe God give us direction and we say some definite signs to come back home.”

Holcombe said losing the caliber of coach that Herman brought to Eustace will be tough to replace.

“We over the last couple of AD’s back to Doug Wendel and Brian have had some good candidates each year,” Holcombe said. “I think we will have another good candidate that can take our program to the next level.”

Herman said giving his players the news was the toughest part of making the announcement.

“I told the boys when I made the announcement that I am going to be quick to my phone after games Friday night to see how they did,” Herman said. “I am hoping and expecting to see that they are successful. We have really hit this offseason hard and worked extremely hard to be primed and ready to make a strong run for a district championship.”

Holcombe said the district has posted the vacancy and will be looking to fill the position as soon as possible.

“We have already posted the vacancy on the website,” Holcombe said. “I am sure in the next couple of weeks that we will have a called board meeting to figure out who we want to go about the process.”

Prior to his time at Eustace, Herman was also a coach at the Liberty Hill and Lampasas school districts.

At Lampasas, he was the offensive coordinator for the back-to-back state championship teams in 2006-2007.

He was also a coach at the collegiate level in 2004 at Bemidji State University in Minnesota.

Herman also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Life/Earth Sciences from UT-Austin.

He has a teaching certification in Life Sciences at the high school level.

Holcombe said he would like to hire somebody to continue the tradition of Eustace High School atletics.

“We want somebody to come in and not be able to take our football program from seventh grade through 12th grade to the next level, but all of our student athletes to the next level,” Holcombe said. “I have no doubt that we will be able to find that person.”

He said in the end, the support he has received from Holcombe and from the community has the process easier to deal with in the long run.

“He has been so supportive and very understanding in this process. He was involved the whole time with reference checking and obviously he must have said enough nice things to get me where I am at,” Herman said. “That is awesome and I tell everybody that there are three things you can’t argue at Eustace. You can’t argue how hard the kids work, the amount of support from the administration and the facilities at this level.”

The Bulldogs made it to the bi-district round of the playoffs last year with a record of 5-6.