A coaching shakeup in six-man football has affected three East Texas schools.
When Union Hill’s Shane Mallory resigned as head football coach and athletic director, the dominoes started to fall as local parochial schools Trinity School of Texas and Christian Heritage felt the repercussions.
Mallory’s exodus hastened the departure of his entire coaching staff, leaving Union Hill with a lot of holes to plug.
Josh Bragdon, who started the football program at Christian Heritage three years ago, got Mallory’s ringing endorsement and jumped at the opportunity. Bragdon led the Sentinels to a 20-13 record in three seasons, winning district twice and making the playoffs every year.
“Coach Mallory called me and told me he thought I’d be a good fit for the job,” said Mallory. “Knowing his program and the great job they’ve done the past three or four years made it an pretty easy decision for me to move up that way.”
Mallory, who took a high school principal job at Highland ISD, believes Union Hill is getting a good one in Bragdon.
“I got to know Josh pretty well coaching against him and he’s a real good guy. I think the transition will be a smooth one for Union Hill,” said Mallory.
Bragdon, in an effort to fill his staff, tabbed longtime TST head coach Jeremy Miller as his offensive coordinator. Miller, who had been at TST a total of eight years, led the Titans to a 32-14 record in four seasons as head coach.
“Jeremy was the first person I thought of when I started working on a staff,” admitted Bragdon. “We’ve become good friends through the years and I think he’s a great addition.”
Miller, a 1994 Pine Tree graduate, said the Union Hill opportunity was just too good to pass up.
“I just felt like this was a good move for me,” said Miller. “It’s a chance to coach at a bigger school and work in a program that’s had a lot of success.”
Voids left by both the departures of Bragdon and Miller were promptly filled. Longtime TST defensive coordinator and 1989 Spring Hill grad Brett Reeves takes over the Titans, while CHS is now in the capable hands of 1992 Hallsville ex and one time Spring Hill baseball coach Griff Mauldin.