Hallettsville Brahmas name Tommy Psencik as new football coach
May 17, 2010 at 12:17 a.m.
HALLETTSVILLE - Tommy Psencik's opportunity to become a head football coach for the second time was delayed, but not denied.
Psencik was named the athletic director and head football coach at Hallettsville High School on Monday night.
Psencik's hiring was approved by a 5-1 vote of the Hallettsville school district board of trustees, with John Martisek casting the dissenting vote.
Before voting to hire Psencik, the trustees interviewed La Grange defensive coordinator Zach Hudson in executive session.
Psencik was the defensive coordinator at Hallettsville last season and was recommended by a search committee to replace Rick Masek, who resigned in April to become an assistant coach at Round Rock Stoney Point.
The committee interviewed eight candidates after the district received 53 applications.
The trustees took no action after briefly interviewing Psencik in executive session at a board meeting last week, and he was not present at Monday night's meeting.
"It turned out the same way," said Psencik when reached by phone at his residence. "I'm excited about it and I'm really looking forward to it."
Psencik coached at Yoakum for 14 seasons and was the defensive coordinator for 10 before becoming the athletic director and head football coach in 2006. The Bulldogs went 5-6 and advanced to the Class 3A bi-district playoffs.
Psencik left Yoakum to become an assistant coach at Memorial in 2007 before joining the Hallettsville staff last season. He has also been an assistant at East Bernard and Laredo Martin and was a graduate assistant coach at Southwest Texas State.
"I went to Hallettsville for a reason," Psencik said. "They have really good families in the community and athletics is important. It's just a matter of the kids coming together and working to be successful in all sports."
Psencik has been involved with Hallettsville's offseason program and doesn't foresee making any major changes. The Brahmas went 1-9 last season and 1-5 in District 26-2A, but have a number of starters returning.
"We have to work on getting stronger and faster right away," Psencik said. "I think our girls programs are in pretty good shape. The boys need to improve, but the kids are already working hard. I think we've started in that direction."