Bulletin Staff Report
The Howard Payne football program announced on Thursday the hiring of Steve Fox as recruiting coordinator and secondary coach, and Bert Green as receivers coach.
Fox comes to Howard Payne from West Texas A&M University were he served as safeties coach. Green just graduated and finished his career at McMurry University where he was an all-conference wide receiver and punter and a member of McMurry’s 2007 NCAA Division III national championship track team in the 4x100 meters.
“We are certainly excited to have Steve Fox and Bert Green join our staff at Howard Payne University,” said HPU head football coach Steve Fanara. “I am pleased with all of the new additions to our staff. These are men who I believe will be committed and loyal to Yellow Jacket football and be great ambassadors for Howard Payne University.”
“We are excited to have these two men added to our football coaching staff,” said Howard Payne athletic director Mike Jones. “This completes our football staff and I know they are eager for fall practice to begin.”
At Division II West Texas A&M last season, Fox helped guide the team to a 12-1 record and Lone Star Conference championship. In 2006-07, Fox worked at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. as defensive line coach. Tabor went 6-4 that season and held its opponents to an average of 86 yards rushing per game.
Fox also served as the director of football operations and outside linebackers coach for Abilene Christian from 2004-06 and was part of the football staff that helped turn around the ACU program.
“Steve is someone who brings a variety of experiences to our staff,” Fanara said. “His success at signing players to ACU and West Texas A&M shows that he is a proven recruiter in the state of Texas. I think he will be a great addition to our staff.”
Fox is a 1991 graduate of Odessa High School. He and his wife Tonya have two daughters, 9-year-old Breanna and 1-year-old Alyssa.
“When I began coaching, I always looked at HPU as a special place that has tremendous potential and a place that I wanted to be a part of,” Fox said. “I am honored and blessed to have that opportunity now. I look forward to helping build Yellow Jacket football into one of the best programs in the country.”
Green was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of the 1992 Major League Baseball amateur draft. Green made his MLB debut with the Cardinals on Aug. 2, 1997 and he appeared in his final game on Oct. 1, 2000.
Following his career in baseball, Green pursued a collegiate football career at NCAA Division II Harding University. From there, he transferred to McMurry to play football.
“I am extremely excited about my opportunity to coach at Howard Payne University,” Green said. “The future of Howard Payne football is a bright one, and I’m glad I get to be a part of it.”
While serving as McMurry’s punter and as a wide receiver, he earned all-conference status at both positions. Green also participated in track for McMurry. Green ran on both the sprint and mile relays in McMurry’s 2007 national championship season.
“Bert is a former American Southwest Conference player and understands what our program is built on,” Fanara said. “I coached against him the last few years and thought he was a class act and a fierce competitor. His experience at McMurry will serve him well in his position as our receivers coach.”