After 15 years coaching at Abilene Christian High School, Charles Tindol was looking to make the move to public school.
He had in mind, he said, “a great place and a winning program.”
And he knew the athletic director at just such a place like a brother. In fact, it is his brother.
On Friday, after Early school trustees offered the middle school coaching position to Charles Tindol, and he accepted, he said Early was exactly the place and program he was hoping he would have a chance to come to.
Charles Tindol will join the coaching staff headed by his brother, Robbie Tindol, who is one year his senior.
“I’ve always thought it would be a lot of fun to work together,” Charles Tindol said. “There’s nobody else I’d rather work for.
“We grew up playing together. I have a lot of respect for Early — the school, the town — and I felt like I wanted to be a part of it.
“I do like to win.”
Charles Tindol brings his own winning record to the Tindol/Tindol mix. He’s coached his whole career, until now, at ACHS, the last nine as head coach. His 79-27 win/loss record includes coaching ACHS’s six-man teams in five state playoffs. In 2005, the Wildcats won the whole shebang at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state championship.
That same year, his brother Robbie was taking the Early Longhorns deep into the playoffs, their first postseason play in 47 years. Now, after a similarly successful season in 2006 where the Longhorns’ season ended one game shy of the semifinals, Early’s considered one of the elite 2A programs in the state.
It’s a program the brothers agree can keep growing, continue improving and “be a lot of fun for everyone — especially the kids,” said Robbie Tindol.
“Like Charles said, we had a lot of fun growing up. I think this is a good opportunity for Early, for him too. And for me — he knows how I think.”
The brothers are Coahoma products and played high school ball there, with brother Tim, who was a year older than Robbie. In fact, their father, who died year before last, coached at Coahoma, but gave up football coaching on the field — if not from the dinner table or front yard — once Tim got old enough to play high school ball.
Charles and Robbie went on to Abilene Christian University, and in 1977 played on the NAIA national championship team. Charles Tindol was a running back and Robbie Tindol was a nose guard. Charles Tindol scored on a screen pass, and Robbie Tindol recovered a fumble in the game.
“People in Brownwood and Early will know some of our other teammates, too,” Charles Tindol said. “We were on the team with Steve Freeman, Scottye Ratliff and Ricky Felts.”
Charles Tindol said the time was right, he thought, to make the move from the smaller private school to public school, and he was glad for the opportunity at Early.
“In a successful program people like to stay,” he said. “I’m glad a position opened up here for me.”
Charles Tindol is the father of four children. His oldest, 18-year-old Jay just graduated from ACHS and will be going to Hardin-Simmons in the fall. Victoria, 15, will likely stay at ACHS for at least her sophomore year, and Rebecca, a 9-year-old daughter, will also stay in Abilene. Tyson, 12, and a seventh-grader will move with his father, and “is excited about the Early program,” Charles Tindol said.
Charles Tindol is engaged to Nicole Dodd and she and her two children, Kyle, 7, and Cade, 5, are also moving to Early.