Cumby hires New Diana coordinator as head coach

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

May 16, 2008 - CUMBY - The Cumby Trojans have a new athletic director and head football coach to replace Kent Hawthorne, who moved to Weimar to take a similar position in March.

The Cumby ISD Board of Trustees on Thursday approved the hiring of New Diana defensive coordinator Edward Perez as the Trojans' new athletic director and head football coach.

He is scheduled to begin work on Monday and will meet with the players for the first time during their athletic period.

Last season at New Diana, Perez ran a 50-defense as the Indians finished at 5-6 overall and 5-2 in District 18-2A. The Eagles finished in third place in a tough district behind Jefferson and Harleton.

At Cumby, Perez and the Trojans coaching staff will be looking for a new quarterback during the offseason after sophomore quarterback Brixx Hawthorne moved to Weimar with his father.

Hawthorne was the district's Offensive Most Valuable Player last year, as he rushed for 987 yards and nine touchdowns and threw for over 1,600 yards with 18 touchdowns. He was also named Second Team outside linebacker and First Team punter.

Hawthorne inherited the Cumby football program in 2003 and guided the Trojans to a playoff spot in 2007 after a 28-year absence with a 6-5 record. Cumby was ousted by Tenaha in the bi-district round last year.

During his tenure, Hawthorne compiled a record of 24-27 overall, and in three of his seasons guided the Trojans to six wins.

Cumby Superintendent Shaun Barnett was out of the office Friday morning and was unavailable for comment.

Note: Due to the recent realignment period, Cumby will be in District 14-A the next two years along with Celeste, Dallas Gateway, Fruitvale, Quinlan Boles and Wolfe City. ... The last day for Perez in New Diana was today, pending approval by New Diana. ... His first game at Cumby will be the home opener Aug. 29 against the Como-Pickton Eagles.

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