CUMBY — The Cumby school board recently accepted the resignation of head football coach/athletic director Gary Parrish and approved the hiring of Tom Dracos for the post, according to reports.
Parrish did confirm that he had resigned from Cumby ISD, but offered no other details.
Dracos for the last two years has served as the offensive coordinator at Callisburg. He has been an assistant coach at Mexia, Van, Greenville, Bonham and John Tyler. This will be his first head coaching position.
The Trojans went 4-6 last year in Parrish’s only season as head coach in Cumby.
Parrish, 36, was an assistant coach for eight years at Cumby. He coached the girls powerlifting team to a state championship in 2012.
Parrish also coached in Commerce (1999-2004) and was on the staff when the school won state grid titles in 1999 and 2001.
“Coach Parrish resigned for personal and family reasons at the end of the school year,” said Shelly Slaughter, Cumby ISD Superintendent. “We were sad to see him go and wish him luck in his future endeavors. He did not say what he was going to do next, but we feel like he will stay close to the area.”
Slaughter revealed that coach Dracos was hired in late June and officially started work as the new head football coach and athletic director on July 1. He was chosen from a field of more than 30 applicants.
“We felt like coach Dracos is a good fit for us. He has been serving as assistant athletic director at Callisburg and been a coach for a long time,” Slaughter said. “He brings discipline and is a great role model. He has some great ideas for the kids. He’s a very positive, disciplined person. We are very excited about his hiring. We feel like he is a great face for the Cumby program.”
Dracos’ wife, Jennifer, was hired as the new elementary school principal at Cumby.
“Mrs. Dracos was the first choice of the committee. She was doing many assistant principal duties and special programs in her last job. We feel very fortunate to add her to our staff,” Slaughter said.
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