CUMBY — Football season might seem like a long way to off to many, but for new Cumby head coach Tom Dracos, he has a short time to get lots of work done.
Dracos said with a laugh, “I came with to-do list which is about nine pages long. I am just getting started on it.”
Dracos officially began work at Cumby on July 1 as the new head football coach and athletic director. This is his first head coaching position.
He replaces Gary Parrish, who went 4-6 last season, in his only year as head coach. Before that Parrish was an assistant coach at Cumby for eight years.
The new coach comes to Cumby from Callisburg where he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for two years. He also has been an assistant coach at Victoria, Greenville, Van, Mexia, John Tyler and Bonham.
His wife, Jennifer, is a native of Greenville and will be the new elementary school principal at Cumby.
“I have lots to do between meeting the kids and hiring coaches,” Dracos said. “I am still trying to figure out which keys fit the doors.”
Dracos said he spent some time with his family during the Fourth of July holiday, then tackled the chore of being the new head coach of the Trojans.
The boys and girls high school athletes are currently working out at Cumby from 8-10 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Dracos is using that time to size up his football team.
“We have up to 40 coming up to work out each day,” Dracos said. “The girls have a good turnout, that program is really doing well. For the boys, you can tell it has been a turnover. They are starting new with me and they are starting to buy into our program. I have talked to some students who say they are coming out for football who haven’t played recently. But they are interested because of the coaching change.”
Dracos has already told players and all involved to get used to moving in a faster manner than they did before.
“I hate the heat. We will get our work done and come inside. We are not going to stand around killing the grass, we are going to be moving,” Dracos said. “It will be different for some of the kids here in Cumby. I believe the players here in Cumby are not afraid to work. I see the excitement in their eyes as I am explaining things to them. We have new excitement in the whole program.”
The first official day for football practice for Cumby is Aug. 5. The Trojans will opt for a morning schedule.
“We will workout 7-9 a.m. and then have a break and continue from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on our long days,” Dracos said. “Some days the schedule will be shorter.”
Dracos said, “We are going to run a pro style blend on offense. It will be different. I was a graduate assistant under Bob Stoops at OU, so yes, I like to throw the ball. We will have to evaluate the talent we have here in Cumby. It will be exciting, I think the whole community is going to like the team we put on the field.”
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