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May 22, 2014

Huntsville wrestling coach Dean Schaub steps down

Schaub leaves Hornets staff after three seasons for new opportunity

HUNTSVILLE — After three seasons as head coach of the emerging Huntsville wrestling team, Dean Schaub stepped down from the position earlier this week, Hornets athletic director and head football coach Rodney Southern confirmed Thursday.

Schaub announced on the Hornets’ wrestling Facebook page Wednesday that he accepted a position as offensive coordinator and wrestling coach at New Waverly ISD, but  Bulldogs athletic director and head football coach James Lane said the district could not comment until a recommendation is made to the Board of Trustees.

The next New Waverly ISD board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.

“Obviously it opens up a wrestling job and assistant football coaching job for us, so we’ve already started the process of trying to find his replacement,” Southern said. “He built the wrestling program from basically nothing to over 60 kids wrestling. So it’s going to be very important we try to find the best person we can, somebody that’s obviously got wrestling experience. It’s a little bit of a unique sport because of all the different levels and all the different weight classes. But we’ll start that process and hopefully have someone in place as soon as we can.”

Huntsville’s wrestling program had its most successful season under Schaub’s direction in 2014. The Huntsville girls successfully defended their Class 4A Region III title from 2013 and repeated as champs while sending all nine wrestlers to the UIL Wrestling State Tournament.

Additionally, the Huntsville boys finished second in the region and sent four wrestlers to the state tournament after sending only one in 2013.

Schaub, who also served as an assistant football coach for the Hornets since 2011,  was named Class 4A Region III Coach of the Year for both girls and boys teams.

Huntsville also produced the region’s Class 4A Girls Most Outstanding Wrestler Marissa Dixon, who won the 138-pound regional championship.

Attempts to reach Schaub before press time were unsuccessful.

The coach did leave the following note on the Hornets’ wrestling Facebook page:

“This decision was, by far, the hardest I have ever made. I have formed relationships with you and your kids, relationships every coach dreams to have.”

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