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Lee Fedora rounding out coaching staff at A&M Consolidated

By David Campbell, 06/02/17, 2:45PM CDT


Bill Hoppers, who resigned recently at St. Joseph after a year as head football coach and athletic director, is joining Lee Fedora's coaching staff at A&M Consolidated.

Hoppers served as Fedora's defensive coordinator in Navasota before the move to St. Joseph last year.

Hoppers, who first teamed with Fedora at Robinson, is returning to Consol. He was Ross Rogers' defensive coordinator all 12 years of Rogers' stint as head coach of the Tigers from 1988-99.

Fedora is getting the band back together, uniting most of his coaching staff from his stint in Navasota, where they won two state championships. He has hired Sean Witherwax, Ray Kavanaugh, Mike Mullins, Chad Bruggman, Gaston Lamascus and Sonny Soltis at Consol.

"Those were all guys who had ties with me at Navasota," Fedora said.

Witherwax spent last season as the head football coach at Anderson-Shiro.

Kavanaugh served as an assistant coach at Consol under both Rogers and Jim Slaughter.

Chris Collins, who has coached at Consol, is also joining the staff. He was head baseball coach at Caldwell and has been an assistant at Bryan.

Fedora also added Bo Jackson from Weatherford and Brandon Phillips, who coached at Navasota last year. And Jeff Schafer is moving up from junior high to the high school.

Former College Station coach Kristen Grimes will join Consol's girls coaching staff.

"We're still looking at our head baseball position and are still doing interviews on that," Fedora said. "The rest are mainly assistant coaches we're trying to find right now."

Bryan changes

Bryan will have a significant change on its coaching staff as offensive coordinator Matt Faldyn is stepping down to accept a job as assistant principal at Bryan High School.

Bryan girls track coach Stacy Beal, who helped rejuvenate the program, is leaving teaching to open a business in her home town of Salado.