Brady coach resigns, accepts post in Texas A&M secondary

Brady head coach and athletic director for the past two months, Nathan Headrick, has resigned his position to accept a coaching job at Texas A&M University. The Abilene native received a letter from Aggie head coach R.C. Slocum last week offering him a defensive graduate assistant coaching post in the A&M secondary. “It was a dream come true,” Headrick told the Standard-Herald a couple of days after getting the letter. “I’ve always wanted to be a graduate assistant at a Division I university, and the opportunity to coach at a school as big as A&M is just something that I cannot pass up.” Headrick, 31, took the Brady head coaching spot about two months ago when his longtime friend and fellow coach Jay Jones, also of Abilene, resigned his position as the top coach in Brady to accept a position in his hometown with his father in private business. Headrick met with Brady ISD Supt. Max Gordon and the school board late last week and told them of his intentions to accept the post at A&M. The board of trustees met in an emergency meeting Friday and accepted Headrick’s letter of resignation. School board member Mike Schaffner said that Headrick departs Brady with the board’s “best wishes.” “This is a job (at A&M) that just kind of fell into Nathan’s lap. A number of things just had to happen in order for him to get this opportunity. We hate to lose him, but we wish him the best,” Schaffner said. According to Gordon, no action will be taken on finding a replacement for Headrick until after this weekend’s school board election. “I want to be sure that the people who will be making the decision are in place and since the election is this weekend, we will wait until next week to begin the job search,” said Gordon. “As of right now, three individuals already on staff with the school district have expressed an interest in the position. After the election, we will consider them before advertising outside of the district.” In his letter to Headrick, Slocum stated that the man who held the position that Headrick will replace is Zerick Rollins, who has recently accepted a spot on the Seattle Seahawks’ coaching staff. Headrick said Monday that Friday, May 4 will be his final day in Brady. “I will come back to Brady on Monday, May 7 for the All-Sports Banquet, but will be on the job at A&M the next day,” he said. He added that leaving Brady was a very “tough decision,” simply because of the kids and the relationships that he has made with the people of Brady for the past two years. “It’s also difficult to leave knowing that Mr. Gordon and the school board will be back at the drawing board finding a replacement for me at this late day. This offer did not come at an opportune time, but it’s one that I just can’t let pass me by. It’s a chance of a lifetime. I just have to accept it,” he said Monday. Headrick is a graduate of Abilene Christian High School where he was an all-state quarterback and defensive back. He played football and baseball at ACU, graduating in 1993. He was a student teacher and assistant coach at Abilene Cooper in 1994 before going to Killeen Ellison where he was the secondary and defensive back coach from 1995-98. While at Ellison, he coached two Aggie defensive backs, Michael Jameson and Jay Brooks. Jameson just recently was drafted and signed to play in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns. Brooks will be a senior safety this fall for the Aggies. Headrick came to Brady in 1999 as an assistant with Jones. He said that he has been told my Slocum that he will assist Shawn Slocum as the secondary coach. “Shawn told me that I’ll either be the cornerback coach or the safety coach, and that he (Shawn) will take the one that I don’t have,” Headrick said Monday. One of the stipulations for qualifying for a graduate assistant coaching position is that he take at least two graduate courses each semester. “I plan to take my two next fall,” he said. “My wife, Jennifer, and I are very excited about getting to College Station and getting settled into the activity of college football,” Headrick said. They visited Aggieland last Sunday and got their first taste of the community.

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