Tullis named head coach at Como-Pickton

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Mar. 10, 2007 - COMO - The Como-Pickton Eagles have a new head football coach.

During their Thursday night board meeting, the Como-Pickton ISD Board of Trustees announced it had promoted assistant coach Paul Tullis to replace Joe Ryzman, who is now the assistant secondary principal.

Tullis was a position coach and assistant coordinator last season during the Eagles 0-10 season.

"I coached here last year and we had a hard time here," Tullis said. "I think the kids really work hard and I just felt like it was the right opportunity to get the job here. I appreciate the school in giving me the opportunity to become the coach here.

"I coached the free safeties on defense last year and the wingbacks and tight ends on offense last year. I also helped Coach Ryzman develop the defensive schemes."

Tullis said after spending a year as an assistant coach under Ryzman, he felt this was the right opportunity to become the head coach.

"Ever since they announced that Coach Ryzman was leaving, I have been talking with the administration and people to tell them about finding someone to give them some focus and some direction," the coach said.

"I have been coaching for 16 years. My desire for being a head coach was not the main focus in my coaching career. I have been a defensive coordinator in Dallas for eight years prior to this and probably had some opportunities to become a coach but I didn't feel like it was the right fit at that time."

With the team looking to rebound from a tough season, Tullis said working on finding the kids that want to play and gaining interest in the program is the major challenge during the offseason.

"I think it is definitely an uphill climb. We are definitely under-athletic in some spots and we don't have a whole lot of participation out here," he said. "We need to get some more kids interested and involved and that is what I am trying to push right now.

"When you go 0-10, a lot of people want to just jump ship and get out of here, but I look at it as more of a challenge to come in and turn it around here and be competitive."

He said with his staff returning in coaches Kent Richey, Ryan Aguirre, Kurt McCain, Roy Moody and Dustin Carr, he still has two spots remaining to fill on the coaching staff.

"We will have one spot to replace with Coach Ryzman leaving and then my spot will need to be replaced, and we may be absorbing one spot next year. We have a younger staff here and they are energetic and they know a lot and want to learn a lot," Tullis said.

"The offensive coordinator spot is still up in the air and I was going to be the offensive coordinator when Coach (Rich) Lawrence left. I am going to hire somebody to take the spot, and I think I could get one taken care of and then do the other spot next season."

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