After conducting a search for a new athletic director and head football coach with 90 applicants, Sabine ISD board members on Friday decided that the best candidate for the job was in-house.
The board officially named Rex Sharp as the school’s new AD and head coach, after an hour-long discussion. Sharp was defensive coordinator for the Cardinals in the 2016 season (his second stint as an assistant there) and is the current assistant principal at Sabine High School.
SISD Superintendent Stacey Bryce said Sharp was chosen in part because of his experience. He has had a few stops, including head coach and AD at Bullard. He is a 1984 graduate of Texas A&M.
“(Coach Sharp) came back before the school year,” Bryce said. “He’s been an athletic director and head football coach at Carlisle and at Bullard. … He’s great with our kids.”
Sharp will effectively become the school’s new AD on Monday, March 20, the first day of school after next week’s spring break. He replaces Mark Comfort, who’s retiring following the school year.
Ironically, Comfort came to Sabine and served a year as offensive coordinator on staff before he was promoted to replace Jerry Baker, about six years ago. Comfort, who doubled as the program’s softball coach, helmed Sabine football the last five seasons, getting the football team to the 3A playoffs the last three – Sabine had missed the playoffs every year since 1985.
Sharp was at Bullard from 2004-06; his Bullard teams went 8-24 in that time frame. He’s had various stops as an assistant, but also coached at Carlisle in 1990-91, going 6-13 there. He turned a 1-9 team around immediately, and had a 5-4 record his second season.
He had a brief stint at Somerville in 2015.
Board President Tony Raymond was absent, but the board elected to hire Sharp by a 5-1 vote. The lone dissent came from Rusty Taylor, who told the News Herald in an e-mail after the meeting that he was 100 percent in support of Sharp, but that his vote was more against the process.
Also, the board was scheduled for a public hearing and related vote on still-developing plans for a District of Innovation designation, but those items were postponed until the trustees’ regularly-scheduled meeting this month, set for Thursday, March 23.