Hale leaving SSHS for Arlington Heights
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor
Jan. 25, 2008 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats lost a member of their coaching family on Thursday when defensive coordinator and assistant head football coach Steve Hale informed the team he will be taking the head coaching position at Arlington Heights High School.
Hale, who was one of head coach Greg Owens' first hires in the spring of 2006, will take over his new position on Feb. 4. Arlington Heights, in the Fort Worth ISD, is a Class 4A school of about 1,900 students.
He will be assuming the duties left by Duke Christian, who retired after eight seasons and a 49-34 record.
"It's a very exciting time for me in my career, but it's also a sad time because for the last two years I've been in the most unbelievable program," said Hale. "We've built something we're real proud of, and it's real hard to walk away from that. We're doing some good things here in Sulphur Springs, and I hope to duplicate what we've done here, and what I've done in my career.
"I've been blessed to be involved in some great programs, great head coaches and great kids."
Hale was offered the job last week, and finally accepted it on Wednesday night.
"It's a risky decision to walk away from something here that's perfect," he explained. "I have the best administration you could ask for, the kids have bought in and worked their tails off. When you work as hard as these kids have worked and this coaching staff has worked, you want to stay and reap the rewards. This place has been unbelievable."
Before coming to Sulphur Springs, Hale was the defensive coordinator in La Marque for four seasons, including the 2003 state championship team. He has been in coaching 14 years.
While at Sulphur Springs, he was also the head boys track coach and taught health. He and his wife Lana have two children, Ty, 7, and Allie, 3.
"The relationships and community support is like none I've ever had," he explained. "This community has embraced me and my family. But, it's time for me to further my career."