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Breaking: Hutto Head Coach Leaves for Medina Valley

(Photo: The Hutto News)

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.


RB - Malik Spence ('14) 560 rush yards, 8 TD, averaged nearly 8 yards/carry

LB - Ryan Robison ('14) second on team in tackles last season (95)

DL - Rolando Ruiz ('14) 2-time all district performer, Hippo sack leader in 2012 (4 sacks), 9 tackles for loss

WR - Darryl Harrison ('14) second on team in receving yards in 2012 (520 yards), 3 TDs

RB/LB - Luke Evans ('14) 4 rush TDs with limited touches, 3rd leading returning tackler (85)

LB - Brooks Baack ('14) capable receiver, solid tackler (70 tackles in 2012), 2 sacks
QB - Brandon Douglas ('15) expected to get majority of time behind center, should QB Adams play baseball fulltime

TE - Hayden Doggett ('14) averaged 9 yards/catch as an all-district TE in 2012

K - Jared Haynes ('15) over converted XP as a confident sophomore in 2012

04/03/2013 9:41PM
Breaking: Hutto Head Coach Leaves for Medina Valley
Please Enter Your Comments Below
04/03/2013 10:46PM
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.
04/04/2013 6:49PM
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?
04/05/2013 1:29AM
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.
09/07/2013 3:49PM
Great Coach
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
09/02/2015 6:31PM
Hey Hutto....after last week....you can have him back...js
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