The Medina Independent School District’s “Meet the Coaches” event at Bobcat stadium on July 29 took on the feel of a community picnic as parents and other well-wishers got to know the men and women who will lead Bobcat teams through the new year.
The Bobcat coaching squad includes new faces and veteran coaches who will mold student athletes in eight sports over the next 10 months.
Athletic Director Cully Doyle took over the athletic department at MISD this summer, more than two decades after he was a standout athlete in Medina.
Doyle thanked the fans and other community members for coming to the event and showing what Bobcat spirit looks like.
“All of the kids we teach and coach are extended family to all members of the coaching staff. I am very excited about my first season here and know the opportunities for success for our kids and MISD is endless,” the new athletic director said.
He also discussed changes in the coaching structure that he will institute, including a key one that will not combine the duties of head football coach with that of the athletic director.
“That was the old traditional way, but more and more, schools are having separate ADs and head football coaches,” said Doyle. “This model gives me more flexibility to be at different sports events and oversee things and help where I can.”
Kurt Nichols had been hired as the new head football coach and says he likes what he sees from the youngsters who will make up the Bobcat team this year “About 20 kids came out for varsity football, and it looks like will be two-deep at each position,” said Nichols, who will also coach track. “With the talent I see in these kids, I predict we will have a winning program sooner than some might think.”
He will start his 34th year as coach, 29 of those years being at colleges, including Blinn College and Cisco College, and the remainder at high schools.
Tom Duncan is the third new member of the Medina coaching staff and will serve as assistant football coach and a basketball and track coach this year.
“I have been a coach since 1980 and worked at three high schools with my career interrupted several times by being called for active military duty,” he said.
Rounding out the Bobcat coaching staff is Missy Pump, who coaches cross country, volleyball, basketball and track; Dawn Tisdale, head girls basketball and head tennis coach who also coaches volleyball; Bill Carter, head boys basketball and head baseball coach; Chelsey Fag-lie, head volleyball and head softball coach; and Art De La Garza, football, basketball and baseball coach.
For more information, visit medinaisd.org and click on the “Athletics” tab.