The turnover in Aubrey’s athletic department continued late Thursday when lifelong Aubrey resident and the school’s jack-of-all-trades Daryl Hellman turned in his resignation as the district’s athletic director.
The move came a day after head football coach Mike Segleski turned in his resignation.
Hellman will finish the year at Aubrey as the school’s head baseball coach before leaving the Chaparrals after 12 years at the school.
“Surreal isn’t even a way to describe it,” Hellman said of his resignation. “I’ve been asked many times why I stay here. I’m on call 24/7/365. I’m never not doing some type of athletic director work. It’s just been a part of me. I can say with total appreciation and blessing that I’ve never felt like I’ve had a job. It doesn’t feel like a job. It just feels like me. It’s my life. Not too many people can say that. It’s pretty rare. Having to leave this and start over is uncomfortable to say the least.”
Hellman graduated from Aubrey and eventually worked his way back home when he started coaching at the school in 2001 as the assistant head football coach. He took over the program in 2002. Prior to that, he worked at Celina two different times and at Lake Dallas two different times — once as a varsity coach and once as the middle school coordinator. In all of his stops, he always lived in the Aubrey/Pilot Point area.
“The early years at Celina and Lake Dallas were preparation to come home,” Hellman said. “I didn’t want to start my career at Aubrey right off the bat, I wanted to go to other places and see what to do, so when the day came, I’d be ready to hit the ground running. It happened at [age] 31, about 10 years before I thought. My vision was to be in my 40s and come home, but it came early.”
Since establishing its football program in the 1972, Aubrey has made the playoffs seven times, and in five of those years, Hellman was either a player, coach or athletic director.
He was the Aubrey quarterback in 1988 when the school made its first postseason appearance. He also led the Chaparrals to the postseason as head coach in 2004, 2006 and 2007.