2019 was one heck of a way to close out a decade in Austin County’s sports history. From the top of Bellville to the southern-most point in Wallis, it was The Sealy News’ honor to bring you the sports news for the county and there was certainly no shortage of tremendous accomplishments.
This past calendar year had numerous achievements not only on the district and regional levels but also at the state- and nation-wide levels with another border-breaking performance to boot.
The staff compiled the top 10 stories of the year on both the news and sports side and we hope you enjoy this recap to find out what the top sports story was this year.
Until then, we pick up with #9 and the new beard in town:
It’s a Monday morning in the middle of June; do you know where your head football coach is?
The man bestowed with that job title in Wallis punched his timecard in the weight room at 8 a.m. to take the first step in inheriting a program built up by other men, ready to put his own spin on things.
Ryan Roecker was announced as the newest head football coach/athletic director of the Brazos Cougars on June 11 at a special meeting of the Brazos ISD Board of Trustees.
He was most recently with the Class 3A Anahuac Panthers as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the football team and the head coach on the baseball diamond, where, in his first year at the helm, the Panther nine came just one game shy of the playoffs, the closest they had been in nearly a decade.
“In 15 years of coaching I’ve spent nine at a small school and when you’re at a small school, it’s all hands on deck,” Roecker said. “While I’ve been an offensive coordinator, I was probably the only quarterback/3-technique coach in the state.”
In 2019, Roecker helped the Cougars clinch a fourth consecutive postseason berth although they fell in the first round to the eventual state champions of Class 2A-D1, the Refugio Bobcats.