Sanger head football coach and district athletic director Chuck Galbreath confirmed Friday he has stepped down as coach to focus solely on his duties as athletic director.
Galbreath is 64-44 in 10 seasons at Sanger while holding both positions, which is not uncommon for smaller school districts. However, many districts are moving toward separating the roles, Galbreath said, and now is a good time for Class 4A Sanger to follow that lead.
Offensive coordinator Cole Ford is the Indians’ new head coach, effective immediately.
“This has been discussed for a couple of years,” Galbreath said. “A lot of school districts, particularly the larger ones, have a [full-time] athletic director. I am absolutely OK with this. It was ultimately my decision, and upper administration said it would be on my timing.”
Galbreath is a 1984 graduate of Sanger and his coaching career includes a short stint as the head coach at Cooper, and one year as an assistant at Ryan. He left coaching and was in the private sector for just more than two years before being hired at Sanger in 2007.
Sanger has made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons under Galbreath. The Indians posted a combined 19-5 record between the 2014 and 2015 seasons and advanced to the second round of the playoffs each time.
Sanger finished 6-5 in 2016 and lost in the first round to Brownwood.
While he has enjoyed being a football coach, Galbreath said his long-term goal always has been to improve the overall athletic department at Sanger. Making this move allows him to dive deeper into several projects, including facility upgrades and the potential addition of sports programs in the next few years.
Argyle football coach and athletic director Todd Rodgers, whose program has long been a Sanger rival, said he’s excited for Galbreath and his new opportunity.
“Our communities are growing and the AD role is taking a greater toll on time,” said Rodgers, who also acknowledged the trend of school districts moving toward separating positions. “I’m sure he’s doing his dead-level best to manage that and try to be the head football coach. For him to be able to do this and meet the needs of the school district from the athletic director standpoint versus the combined spot, I’m happy for him.”
Galbreath added that it’s a win-win for everyone involved, especially Ford, who has performed well in his four years as the offensive coordinator at Sanger and deserved an opportunity to lead the program.
“We feel he’s the guy that can take over, and it will be great for the program,” Galbreath said. “I’m a Sanger guy and always have been. I’m looking forward to this.”
STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.