Pauls Valley Democrat
Even before Bill Green was officially introduced as Pauls Valley’s new head football coach this week a number of stories began to spread, including some on the darker side.
Green, named as the new Panther gridiron coach on Wednesday, brings nearly three decades of coaching experience in the lofty world of high school football in Texas.
A native of Duncan, Green made his mark as coach at Windthorst High School, located a few miles south of Wichita Falls, Texas.
From 1994 through 2011 he finished with a 174-54 overall record, which included four state championship appearances and titles in 1996 and 2003.
Despite the success Green experienced there have been rumors and social media stories spreading here in PV about why his long tenure ended at Windthorst.
Green is joined by local school officials in saying any allegations he was reassigned from his coaching duties last year because players were mistreated is simply not true.
In fact, it was Green himself who speculated about the mistreatment theory since there was never any reason given for the 2012 reassignment that ended his long tenure of head football coach at Windthorst.
“We still don’t know why,” Green said this week. “I was never given a reason for the reassignment.”
Green said he was told somebody didn’t like the way he treated the players, but there was never any allegation of players being mistreated or wrongdoing on his part.
“There’s never been an altercation or any problems on the field with the players,” he said. “I was never actually told why I was being reassigned.
“When you’re the type of leader that I am, a mentor type, you don’t drag people, you don’t force people.”
There’s already plenty of support in the new coach’s corner.
PV’s athletic director, Kirk Moore, is quick to defend Green after speaking with dozens of people who worked with or knew the coach during his time in Texas, including school superintendents and some of Green’s former coaches.
“As far as this alleged mistreatment of players, it’s a perfect example of small town politics,” Moore said.
“I’ve spoken with a least 15 different people who were not listed as references and I can’t get one of them to say a negative thing about him,” he said.
“Nobody said anything close to negative to how he treated the kids. This was never mentioned by anybody I talked to.”
Another vote of confidence comes from PV Superintendent Darsha Huckabaa.
According to Huckabaa, one of those offering positive comments about Green was the same superintendent who reassigned him.
“He said coach Green was the best football coach he had ever been around,” Huckabaa said, adding that superintendent has worked 35 years in school administration.
“We feel very fortunate to get this kind of experience,” she said about Green.
Both Green and Moore believe his reassignment away from coaching last year was likely more about keeping one of his longtime assistants from being lured away to coach for another Texas high school program.
“In my opinion coach Green’s reassignment came because the school district there wanted to get an assistant coach elevated,” Moore said.
Green doesn’t hesitate to say he believes his reassignment came as a way to make room for his assistant as the new head coach.
Even if this was the case Green stresses he continues to have nothing but good things to say about this other coach.
“We’re very dear and close friends,” Green said.
When it comes to his new job and the Panthers the coach says it all starts with the fundamentals of the game with every drill and everything done on the field.
“Paying attention to details and having a commitment to fundamentals is what we will do,” Green said.
“The kids are going know exactly what we’re looking to accomplish,” he said.
“We’re going to work, we’ll work in the weight room and help them with their grades. We’ll do all the things we need to do to help these young men graduate.
“They’re going to know work. I want a spirited type of practice. We will move quick, get it at drills, be precise, get after it and hustle.”
This new era in PV football has more than the promise of a new coach to thank.
“It’s important people understand the accomplishment of our staff and John Inman,” Moore said about PV’s outgoing coach.
“We went from 16 applications for the job two years ago to 36 this year and a lot of them were coaches with head coaching experience,” he said. “We probably had 15 to 20 head coaches apply.
“That’s a testament to the work of our staff and John.”