Wharton names AD/head football coach


March 9, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated March 8, 2012 at 9:09 p.m.

Tim Finn's time away from coaching football was a short one.

Finn stepped down as the head football coach at Texas City in December, but remained as the school's athletic director.

He became an athletic director and head football coach again Friday when he took over at Wharton.

Finn's selection was approved by the Wharton school district board of trustees, which held special meetings on Thursday and Friday.

Kay Shoppa, superintendent of the Wharton school district, said Finn would begin his duties on March 19.

"I am delighted that coach Finn has decided to head our athletic program here in Wharton," Shoppa said. "We are looking forward to a long and successful relationship with him."

Wharton received over 50 applications to replace Brad Wright, who resigned last month after one season to become the athletic director and head football coach at Waller.

Finn was unavailable for comment, but Shoppa was impressed by the job he did at Texas City.

"He comes to us with 11 years experience serving as Texas City's athletic director; a program which boasts two state championships," she said. "He has coached not only at high school, but at the college level as well. Coach Finn has a reputation of building and coordinating winning programs. We think he is an excellent fit for our schools and community."

Finn coached at Texas City for 21years and was an assistant under Rusty Dowling when the Stingarees won state football championships in 1997 and 1999.

He was promoted to athletic director and head football coach when Dowell left in March of 2001.

Finn had a 66-50 record at Texas City that included two district titles and one quarterfinal appearance.

He had a string of four consecutive wins over district foe La Marque from 2007 to 2010.

Texas City teams made the playoffs in seven sports during his tenure.

But the Stingarees last won a district title in football in 2007 and last made the playoffs in 2008.

Texas City went 4-6 last season and fell a last-minute field goal short of the playoffs.

Ironically, Finn's replacement at Texas City was Leland Surovik, a Victoria High graduate, who was the coach at Columbia, a District 29-3A opponent of Wharton, last season.

Wharton had a 6-7 record last season, but finished second in district and advanced to the Division II regional playoffs, winning two playoff games for the first time since 1950.

The Tigers will compete in District 25-3A next season against Bellville, Columbus, Needville, Brookshire Royal, Sealy, and Wharton County rival El Campo, which dropped from 4A in the recent University Interscholastic League realignment and reclassification.



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