DE LEON — He is credited for guiding the De Leon football program to its greatest heights since its glory days under Jack Waggoner and Grady West in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
So when former DHS coach David Yeager departed prior to last season to allow him to watch his son, Kevin, play at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, there was a tangible amount of sadness in the De Leon community.
Yeager, however, never fully left De Leon, keeping a home there locally. And this year, courtesy of second-year coach Andrew Dickson (a former Yeager player and assistant), the Bearcats’ old mentor will be returning to DHS as its offensive coordinator. His return, however, won’t mean that the Bearcats will be spreading the field and throwing the football as they did during his last four years in De Leon.
On the contrary, De Leon will be making a subtle shift from the wing-T that Dickson introduced last season, to the slot-T (a close cousin of the wing-T) which Yeager had success with early on at DHS. For Dickson and Yeager, it’s all about tailoring your offense to best suit the talent you have on hand.