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White Oak offers post to Iske

By George Whitley Sports correspondent
Feb. 27, 2014 at 11 p.m.


WHITE OAK - Kris Iske has been in his share of big games over his 20-year football coaching career. As a defensive coordinator, he's been a part of four state championship games and five semifinal contests, while logging six years as a head coach with stops at Grapeland and Scurry-Rosser.

This afternoon his name will be brought before the White Oak Board of Trustees at a specially-called meeting and he's expected to be approved as the school's 17th head football coach and athletic director.

"I have offered the position of AD/head football coach to Kris and he has agreed to take the job, said Superintendent Mike Gilbert.

"In the time Kris has been at White Oak, he has established himself as a quality person and coach with outstanding technical knowledge of the game. He is well respected by players, the White Oak staff and members of the community."

Iske, 45, was still a bit overwhelmed when discussing his pending appointment to take control of a Roughneck football program coming off their best showing in over four decades.

"It still hasn't really set in. This is such a busy time of year with so many things going on. I've been in an officials meeting this afternoon. We've got track and baseball going on. It's pretty hectic," said Iske.

"I'm excited with the opportunity to continue to build on what has already been built. There's a lot of tradition here and that goes for the entire athletic program. I want to keep with the tradition."

Iske turned the Roughneck defense into one of East Texas' best in 2013. White Oak advanced to the Class 2A state semifinals on the strength of its stingy defense as much as a high-scoring offense.

Noted for his defensive acumen, Iske helped Elysian Fields and Bay City to back-to-back state title contests in 1998-99 and 2000-01. The 2000 Bay City squad took home all the marbles as the Iske-led defense gave up an average of 8.2 points per game.

Iske got his first head coaching job in 2005 at Grapeland. He took Grapeland to the playoffs his second season and final season before moving to Scurry-Rosser in 2007. His best year at Scurry-Rosser was 2010 when he carved a 7-3, which marked the school's best showing in 12 seasons. His overall six-year coaching record is 29-32 with one playoff appearance.

"I am confident that coach Iske is the best choice to continue the interest and level of excitement that exist in our football program today. I am equally confident of his ability to support and grow the total athletic program," said Gilbert.

Over the next few weeks, Iske will make the transition from the class room, where he teaches geography, to the field house as a full time athletic director.

Iske, a 1987 Grand Saline graduate, is married to Kim, his high school sweetheart. They have a son Austin (16) a sophomore at White Oak High School and a daughter Anna (9) a third grader at White Oak Elementary.

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