HS Football: Hays, Wimberley name new head coaches
From Staff Reports
Hays CISD announced Friday afternoon that San Antonio-Roosevelt athletic coordinator and head football coach Neal La Hue, will be the next athletic coordinator and head football coach for the Hays High School Rebels.
La Hue is a seasoned, veteran coach who has seen action on the football field, soccer field, and track.
While most of his experience involves Class 4A and 5A high school athletics, he started his coaching career at the college level, serving as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach for the then-Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, from 1985-1988. Texas A&I is now Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
In the early 1990s, while serving as the Calallen High School wide receiver coach, La Hue helped lead the team to two state quarterfinalist competitions. He also started the boys soccer program at the school.
He spent one year at Seguin High School before accepting the offensive coordinator and assistant track coach position at Westlake High School. There he helped the football team earn a 1993 Class 4A state quarterfinalist title, the 1994 5A state finalist (runner-up) title, a 1995 5A state quarterfinalist title, and the 1996 5A Division II State Championship with an undefeated 16-0 record.
In 1997, La Hue became the athletic director and head football coach for Kerrville-Tivy, where he experienced tremendous success with all athletic programs.
From 2002-2006, he served as the assistant coach (offensive coordinator) at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, earning three Lone Star Conference championships, back-to-back national west region championships, and consecutive slots at the national semi-finals in 2002 and 2003. His team was ranked in the top ten nationally for most of the time he was at the college.
From 2006 to the present, La Hue has been the athletic coordinator and head football coach at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio. Since 2008, he has led the football team to the District 26-5A state championship playoffs every year.
“We are lucky to have such a respected coach with incredible talent coming to Hays High School,” said Dr. Kim Pool, Hays CISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. “I am excited for all of the students who are on every Hays High School athletic team. Coach La Hue will continue the time-honored and proud traditions of success we have at Hays High School and he’ll take our teams to the next level.”
A panel of community members, parents, Hays High School staff, and Hays CISD central administrators selected Coach La Hue out of nearly 100 applicants who applied for the position. No start date has been determined. Hays High School plans to host a welcoming event of some sort so that parents and community members can meet Coach La Hue as soon as possible.
Coach La Hue is a member of the Texas High School and American Football Coaches Associations, as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health and a Master of Science in Secondary Education, both from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. In 2011, La Hue was inducted into the Texas A&M Kingsville Hall of Fame.
Warren takes over for Nelms at Wimberley
WIMBERLEY — Wimberley ISD decided to keep it in the family by hiring long-time assistant Doug Warren as the school’s new head football coach/athletic director.
Warren, who replaces Weldon Nelms, has spent the past seven years with the Texans, the past four as the team’s offensive coordinator.
“I feel very fortunately because head coaching jobs are hard to come by, no matter at what level,” Warren told the Austin American-Statesman. “I just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and I learned from the best in the business.”
Under Nelms, Warren helped guide the Texans to a perfect 15-0 record and state title in 2011.
The Texans finished 8-4 overall and 5-0 in district 27-3A last season, averaging 261 yards and 26 points per game.
Warren has coached at three different Texas high schools over the past 24 years, including stops at Littlefield and Glen Rose.
Warren played quarterback at Lamesa High where he graduated in 1985 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Angelo State.
His father, Jim, was a longtime head coach at Plains High, where he coached Nelms, who was a quarterback and safety that went on to play at New Mexico Military Institute and Western New Mexico.