Blake Judice and many other Orangefield Bobcats athletes got their wish Tuesday night when OISD board members voted to retain Athletic Director Brian Huckabay.
Three members voted to extend his contract by two years.
“The support of my players and many others really does warm the heart,” Huckabay said. “I hate the kids were put in the middle of a political situation but it is heart-warming.”
Judice and other players spent hours Tuesday at the school awaiting the decision. They ordered pizza and even played paper football.
“It’s great,” Judice said of the board’s decision. “We all look up to him.”
Thad Angelle was the only member to vote against the extension. Two other members did not take part in the vote.
Johnny Dorman, an avid Orangefield supporter, said before the decision was announced he hoped all sides would “settle down and see what comes out of this.”
Dorman explained there are times when residents in a community do not have information board members have when making a decision.
“They (the board) obviously feels justified in what they are doing,” Dorman said. “Coach Huckabay has been tremendous here. I really don’t know what the board is worried about and I wish I did.”
Dorman said he also hopes the board waits until after the November election to decide who will be named the new superintendent at OISD. Phillip Welch recently resigned as superintendent and Kay Karr was named interim superintendent.
Board members met in closed session for about two hours before coming to the decision.
Huckabay was hired by OISD three years ago and carries a 16-14 mark with the Bobcats. The last two years Orangefield has just missed the playoffs. Two seasons ago the Bobcats defeated the Bridge City Cardinals yet did not do it by enough points and failed to make the postseason.
This past season the Bobcats were defeated by the Cardinals.