By Alexandra Gutierrez
It isn’t the easiest job in the world to coach 14 year old boys on how to bring out their inner linebacker but head football coach, Jim Streety has been doing it for 38 seasons through blistering summers and freezing winters.
Streety, age 67, has been coaching young Mavericks for 21 seasons. After a 1-3 record this season— his worst start as a head coach— he brought them back and lead them to state semifinals, winning him Express-News’s Area Coach of the Year.
“I look at it as being honored ‘coaching staff’ of the year,’” Streety said. “Just like there’s a football team, there’s a coaching team and I have a great team.”
This season, Streety moved up to fifth all time among Texas high school coaches. He has a 321-124-3 career record and has no intentions of stopping any time soon.
“I don’t have any plans to do anything other than what I’m doing right now,” he added.
This isn’t the first time he’s won this prestigious award either. In fact, he said he’s won it three or four other times. And although the award was given in his name, Streety says it’s the players he really owes his thanks to.
“It’s always about the players,” he said. “Coaches don’t change that much year to year but the players always do.”
Streety won in the category after being nominated amongst Coach Basore of Brennan, Coach Jinks of Steele and Coach Quisenberry of Devine.