BISD trustees name replacements

Filling two vacant positions on the rosters for the school district was the main focus of Tuesday night’s lengthy special session of the board of trustees of the Brady Independent School District. Kelley Hirt, the former principal of Sonora Intermediate School, was named as the new principal for Brady Elementary and Davy DuBose of Howe ISD was named as the new athletic director and head coach. An eight-year veteran of heading up an elementary school, Hirt and her husband, Bruce, have been in Sonora for the past three years. Prior to that, the couple worked for the Wilson Independent School District near Lubbock where she served as principal of Wilson Elementary near Lubbock. Originally from Wall, the couple attended Angelo State University. She went on to receive her masters of education degree from Texas Tech University. He has been a coach and teacher for nearly 20 years, but will not seek a coaching position in Brady. The Hirts and daughter Baylee, 7, and son Mackenzie, 9, will be relocating to Brady in the coming weeks. “We had been interested in moving back to this area for quite some time,” said Mrs. Hirt. “When this position came open, it just seemed like the right thing to do. Moving here to Brady will bring us closer to our families as well as to our farming and ranching property that is located between Ballinger and Winters.” New head football coach and athletic director for the Brady Independent School District is Davy DuBose, 47, an East Texan and coach for the past five years at Howe, a large 2A school with 330 students in Grayson County (Sherman and Denison). He will replace Nathan Headrick, who resigned in early May to accept a graduate assistant coach post at Texas A&M University. Headrick had the Brady AD/head football coach job for only two months. He had been named to replace Jay Jones, who resigned to enter private business in Abilene with his father. A coach’s son, DuBose moved around a lot during his lifetime. His father, Ervin DuBose, had a long career in coaching football at Diboll and Victoria among others. “I call Nacogdoches as my hometown. I also graduated from Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches,” he told the Standard-Herald Wednesday morning. A veteran of 24 years in the coaching field, DuBose has compiled a 108-79-1 record as a high school head coach. That includes three district championships and four bi-district championships. “Our teams have been to the playoffs seven times. We (Grapeland) reached the semifinals in 1991, losing to Schulenberg in the Astrodome, 21-19,” the coach said. He added that he has been at Howe for the past five years, and the past three teams have been to the playoffs. DuBose said he had to wind up some business at Howe (his daughter, Erin, graduated from Howe High School Thursday night) and hopes to be here “full throttle” by July 1. He and his wife, Jody, have four children. Clint, 28, is a graduate assistant football coach at Texas A&M-Commerce; Matt, 26, is veterinary assistant; Josh, 20, is a fullback and pre-med student at Austin College in Sherman; and Erin, 18, will be attending East Texas Baptist University this fall to play softball. DuBose said he had one connection to Brady. Current Bulldog assistant coach and boys’ head track coach Doug Holtzclaw was on DuBose’s staff for three years at Howe before coming to Brady two years ago. The new coach said he had a number of projects to wind up at Howe before he gets to Brady. “I may have to do a lot of time on the telephone, hiring assistant coaches and I plan to talk with all the senior players on the phone before I get here. They are an integral part of our team next season,” he said Wednesday. DuBose said he planned to bring one coach with him from Howe. That is defensive coordinator Todd Bandy, 40, who is married with two children, Chelsea, a sophomore; and Levi, a freshman. “I hope to talk with the other assistant coaches as soon as possible,” he said. Bulldog assistant coach for the past two years, Sam Prater, whose wife, Kim, is the volleyball coach at Howard Payne, resigned his position at the school board meeting last week. Prater was also the coordinator of coaches at Brady Middle School. DuBose said that BHS boys’ basketball coach Shawn Dalbert has told him that he would remain in Brady. The new coach and his family are members of the First Baptist Church. Here are DuBose’ head coaching positions since he got his first head position in 1980: ‘Cushing, 1980-81. ‘Grapeland, 1981-82. ‘Trinidad, 1985-87. ‘Ropes, 1987-88. ‘Grapeland, 1988-93. ‘Texarkana Pleasant Grove, 1993-94. ‘Stephen F. Austin University, 1994 (as an assistant coach position that lasted only three months due to Title IX decision cutbacks). ‘Hardin, 1994-95. ‘Howe, 1996-01.

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