Reporting Nate Griffin
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HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) It’s a season of change with all the earmarks of success for Houston Baptist University. However, with much success comes much labor. The new and first-ever Head Football Coach of the HBU Huskies is Vic Shealy who served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kansas the last two seasons.
The 50-year old Shealy, who has roughly 27 years of coaching under his belt, knows he has much work ahead in looking for players to play the game of football. But, first on the agenda is assembling a staff. However, he knows he won’t have to look very far for talented coaches.
“Just in the last 24 hours since the story has broke, my phone has lit up like a Christmas tree. I am amazed at some of the great coaches that I’m honored that would email or text me that they would like to be considered as a staff guy.”
The time frame is short for recruiting and developing players, securing a practice field and a home field as the Huskies would like to begin play in 2013. However, the official start date will most likely be September, 2014 unless the necessary pieces fall in place in time to play in 2013.
But, most importantly it’s the composition of the coaching staff that seems to be the primary focus of Shealy for short and long term success.
“I think it’s right to find the right fit though. We need to find guys who can walk in this State and know these Texas High School coaches. I’m grateful for the relationships I have with many of the coaches in the State. I want guys that will have a natural feel for the State and how prideful football is and can speak to that.”
Shealy stated that he’d like to get a skeleton crew in place to begin recruiting in May. He has a full year to organize a staff. But more than likely it will take less time. However, Shealy said one of the most critical hires will be the offensive coordinator position.