Billy Dan Chambliess, who has been Mildred’s defensive coordinator for five years, takes over as the head coach, and can’t wait for his first two-a-days as the head man.
He knows he has to replace a ton of talent, including QB Nic Shimonek, who led Mildred to the Class 2A state title game a year ago. Texas Football magazine picked Mildred to reach the Final Four. But Chambliess would rather have high expectations than none at all. It’s the price of success.
Will Burnham, a sophomore who played for Mildred’s 7-on-7 team this summer, takes over at quarterback and running back Draylon Sterling, who rushed for 1,948 yards as a junior, is back to carry the ball and a lot of the load for Mildred.
“We like to stay in the spread and the 4-3 on defense,’’ Chambliess said. “But at the 2A level, you kind of have to adapt to the kids you have.’’
He believes Burnham will be just fine as the new QB.
“There’s going to be some peaks and valleys,’’ he said. “But he’s only as good as the offensive line and that’s what we’re focusing on.’’
He knows Sterling, who plays both ways and was the Daily Sun’s Golden Circle Defensive Player of the Year last season, brings a lot to the table, but Chambliess wants even more from his senior.
“He is a (a real good player),’’ Chambliess said. “He has to step up and show more leadership.’’
Chambliess, who is also Mildred’s athletic director, has been busy all summer hiring new coaches, and said he can’t wait to get on the field.
He hired four coaches and a trainer, and hired the final two positions earlier this week.
He hired Austin Hall (assistant football, assistant basketball and assistant baseball), Tony Aguilar (assistant football, assistant track) Erin Glasco (girls junior high volleyball, basketball and assistant softball) and Courtney Shaw (girls junior high volleyball, basketball and track) and he hired Jessica Pfannstiel as a trainer.
“It’s been a busy summer,’’ Chambliess said. “I will be so happy when Monday comes around and we are on the field.’’