Who says that the three Terry County school districts don’t have anything in common, except that they reside in Terry County. That’s not the case now as Wellman-Union’s AD & Head Football Coach Joseph Hood is leaving, making this the third AD & Head Football Coach to leave a Terry County school district after serving just one year in the top position.
Former AD & Head Football Coach Jeff Smith was the first to resign. Smith left 4A Brownfield to serve as AD & Head Football Coach for 2A Hale Center. Smith took the helm of the Cubs football team in April 2017 and had a 2-8 record and no playoff birth for the 2017 football season. Smith resigned less than a year from when he was hired. Smith said that this is a good move for his family. It did not take too long before BISD found a new AD & Head Football Coach Duane Toliver.
The next coach to leave was Kade Kittley at Meadow ISD. Kittley is going back to his hometown and alma mater of Rule TX to take the top job there with less than a year on the job at Meadow. After being the District 3-1A champions the season before, Kittley went 4-6 in his only season as head football coach barely missing the playoffs by losing to Lorenzo 62-59 in their last game of the season. Kittley not only was the AD & Head Football Coach of Meadow, he was also tasked with being the men’s head basketball coach which he did lead the Broncos to the playoffs. Kittley is excited to go back to his home and lead the Bobcats back to the playoffs after sitting out this past season. About twenty-four hours after Kittley resigned, MISD named a new AD & Head Football Coach, Brandon Hopper.
The final coach to join the ranks of Smith and Kittley is Wellman-Union’s AD & Head Football Coach Joseph Hood. Hood came from Brownfield ISD as a positions coach to Wellman-Union in April 2017. Hood had the more successful football program this season of the three Terry County schools going 6-4 and stepping into the playoffs since 2006. Early in the season, there was scheduling conflict so Hood scheduled the previous Sixman State Champions Richland Springs, although losing to them, Hood said, “we can compete with these guys.” Also, the Bi-District game that Wellman-Union lost was to the eventual State Runner-up, Balmorhea.
With the success that Hood had, he told TownTalk, “This was a back and forth decision and not an easy one.” Hood continued with saying, “At the end of the day, I know where I want to go,” The Borger Offensive Coordinator position will be a positive step in Hoods direction. Going from 11-man to 6-man and wanting to go back to 11-man, you typically become a positions coach. Hood stated, “This is a good opportunity, I wanted to go back to 11-man.” Hood plans to get to the 5A and 6A ranks as a head football coach. TownTalk will keep you updated of the AD and Head Football coach search for Wellman-Union.