With the start of Brownwood High’s athletic school year less than a week away from commencing, athletic director Chuck Howard on Monday announced all vacancies on the coaching staff have now been filled.
The latest new additions include head softball coach Jessica Lynn and her sister, Jennifer Lynn, as a softball and volleyball assistant. Both are accepting their first coaching jobs, having played softball at the University of North Texas and Kilgore Junior College.
“The first thing we look for in coaches is character and integrity and they both have very strong backgrounds,” Howard said. “They played at a very high level in high school, played in the Junior College World Series and went on to play at a higher level at North Texas. It’s a good situation for them, and I feel like they will be able to handle the program.”
Roger Masters, who was among the first coaches brought in by Howard, will also serve as a softball assistant to go along with his duties as linebackers coach in football.
Also Monday, Howard announced Brownwood graduate Freddie Stoglin has taken a coaching role at the middle school to replace Eddie Pettit, who has moved up to secondary coach for the Lions in place of Steve Fanara, who recently accepted a position at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, an NCAA Division II program in Durant.
Fanara arrived at Howard Payne as defensive coordinator in 2005 before taking over as head coach in 2008. He joined the Lions’ staff prior to the 2012 campaign.
“I’m happy for Coach Fanara because he really wanted to get back into college coaching,” Howard said. “Some may say the timing is bad, but when it comes to college football, there is no timing. I appreciate everything Coach Fanara’s done. He’s had nothing but a positive impact on our program.”
Pettit spent two years as Bangs head football coach after working for nine as the Dragons head baseball coach, while also serving as a football assistant during that span.
“We’re very excited about Eddie,” Howard said. “He’s been a head coach in Bangs, a defensive coordinator for many years and he’s coached the secondary most of his life. We feel very fortunate to have him. He’s certainly qualified to be a varsity coach.”
Stoglin is a 2003 graduate of Brownwood High who rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior to earn all-state honors. Stoglin went on to attend TCU, but injuries cut his playing career short. Stoglin was an assistant at Prosper last season.
“No. 1, Freddie’s a Brownwood native,” Howard said. “He understands our kids and understands the Brownwood program and the expectations. He’s going to be able to relate to our kids and playing at Brownwood and TCU, he can bring something special coaching wise to the kids. He’s a guy these kids can look up to.”
The first official day of practice for all fall semester sports is Monday.