Cumby's Hawthorne accepts AD/head coaching job at Weimar
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
March 26, 2008 - CUMBY - After guiding the Cumby Trojans to their first playoff berth in 28 years, athletic director and head football coach Kent Hawthorne will be leaving Cumby to accept a similar position with the Weimar ISD. His hiring was approved Monday by the Weimar ISD Board of Trustees.
Hawthorne will be leaving Cumby on April 2 following the district track meet and will be assuming the duties left by former Weimar coach Tim Lewis, whose team went 3-7 last year and 1-6 in District 28-2A.
"I am not going to wave a magic wand at Weimar and say, 'You are better now because I am here,' " Hawthorne said. "We are going to show up and get to work and make the kids bigger, stronger and faster. They hopefully need some discipline and some love, and hopefully I am the right man for the job."
Hawthorne inherited the Cumby football program back in 2003 and guided the Trojans to the playoffs in 2007 with a 6-5 record before losing in bi-district to Tenaha.
During his tenure, Hawthorne compiled a record of 24-27 overall with three of his five seasons guiding the Trojans to six wins.
"I have no hard feelings here and these kids have sold out for me and the staff," he said. "We are now going to a school system where we can make a difference, and they are a good school.
"It is more central to where we can get to our families easier since my wife's family is in West Texas and mine is in the Bryan/College Station area. We had other opportunities that came up, but this was the best fit for us and a situation where we could be in a more family-oriented area."
Hawthorne said after his five seasons in Cumby, he is proud of where the Trojans program is now and that the new head coach will have a foundation on which to build.
"Things have definitely gotten better in Cumby since I have been here," Hawthorne said. "When I started out here, we did not have a weight program and every sport has gotten better. With me leaving now, Cumby is not bad in any sports and these kids have a weight program and are working hard."
Note: Due to the recent realignment, Weimar will be in District 26-2A the next two years along with Altair Rice, East Bernard, Hallettsville, Hempstead, Schulenburg and Wallis Brazos. ... Weimar is located between San Antonio and Houston.