After missing the playoffs for the first time in 2012, Hutto head football coach Steve Hale has accepted the same position at Medina Valley High School.
Hale took over for Lee Penland (now at McNeil) during the 2010 season. He led the Hippos to back to back 9 win seasons in 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, the Hippos won just 2 distrct games, despite carrying a slew of both older (Tanner Thrift, James Felderhoff) and younger (Roland Ruiz, Malik Spence) talent. Medina Valley finished 8-3 last season, but lost its two 1000 yard rushers to graduation (Weston Beck, Ben Matta).
With 8 total teams in district 17-4A, playoff spots are hard to come by. 3 of the 4 playoff teams from 17-4A made it to the State quarterfinals or further in 2012. Coach Hale leaves behind some talented players - here's who could vault the Hustlin' Hippos back into postseason play next season.
Breaking: Hutto Head Coach Leaves for Medina Valley
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Coach Hale will be missed
Hutto ISD dropped the ball big-time on this. They could have kept Coach Hale but let a great man walk.
Medina Valley is getting a great coach, awesome man and incredible family.
This story is bigger than just Coach Hale taking another job. Other factors played into it, and the next guy will step into a very unstable situation if the administration doesn't do something.
Another great coach gone.
Last year the administration let the All State Girls Track coach walk without fighting to keep him....what is really going on?
Who's calling the shots in Hutto?
Someone in the media needs to start digging and get to the bottom of why good coaches and good men (and women) are just walking away from a growing place.
Hint...start asking who is really calling the shots within the Hutto HS athletic department. Many will be surprised.
Coach Hale turned the program around at Arlington Heights in Fort Worth! His character, work ethic, and role modeling has truly been missed! Wish we had him back! Good Luck Coach Hale... You will make a difference in the lives of students wherever you go! Vicki