Brady school trustees approve hiring of head coach, middle school principal

The Brady Independent School District Board of Trustees met in special session Friday and acted on two administrative decisions that were brought before them for consideration. Nathan Headrick, a second-year Brady Bulldog defensive coordinator, was named head coach and athletic director. He will replace Jay Jones, who resigned Feb. 19 after two years as the top coach for the Bulldogs. Jones’ last day at Brady will be April 3. “I am very excited and pleased to be the top coach here in Brady. It’s a dream come true for me to be able to attain a head coaching position this soon in my career,” Headrick said. The former Abilene Christian University football and baseball player, Headrick is in his sixth year as a high school coach. He came here in 1999 from Killeen Ellison where he was the secondary coach on a team that went 43-9 during those years. The Eagles went to the state playoffs every year he was there, and they also won three district titles. A graduate of Abilene Christian High School, Headrick led his team to state football championship his senior year as the quarterback. He graduated from ACU in 1993 with a degree in psychology and communications. He was a graduate assistant at ACU before going to Killeen. Headrick told the Standard-Herald Monday morning that Jones will “stick around long enough for me to ‘pick his brain’ in regards of how to run the daily operations. “I feel very fortunate that he will remain and allow me to get up to speed on the program. It’s running very smoothly at this time, and I want to know the entire system that he has established.’ The two coaches have been best friends since their youth. “Jay and I will work together to make sure no stone is unturned and everything keeps running well,” he said. In his first action, Headrick announced that current quarterback coach, Tim Kilgore, will assume the position of offensive coordinator. Another on the present staff, Sam Prater, will be the defensive coordinator. “I still plan to work with the defense, like I did the past two seasons,” the new head coach said. Headrick’s wife, Jennifer, is a Brady schoolteacher. They have no children. “I realize that at times I may not be the most popular person in town, but I am going to make decisions based on what is best for our kids and our program,” he said. In the other decision made by the board, Richard Holloway, the current dean of students at Brady High School, was named as the next Brady Middle School principal. According to BISD supt. Max Gordon, Mike Hammond, the current principal at BMS, will be retiring effective July 1. Holloway, a BISD staff member for the past six years, is currently working on his Masters in Education at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. He is also working on completing his principal certification. “I am very excited about this job,” said Holloway. “I hope the decisions that we will make as a staff will make a positive difference in our students.” Holloway and his wife, Mickey, have two children, C.J. Villegas and Monique, both students in the BISD school system.

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