Comanche Athletic Director–Head Football Coach Stephen Hermesmeyer has been named as the new AD-head football coach at Troy High School.
Hermesmeyer has posted an 84-64 career mark in 13 years of coaching, including a four-year stint at Winters from 2008-2011.
At Comanche, Hermesmeyer was 61-42 in nine seasons, including three straight district titles between 2016-2018. His most recent club finished the 2020 season at 8-3.
“It’s been a tremendous nine years,” Hermesmeyer said. “Comanche is a great community with a great staff, hard-working kids and tremendous support from everyone and I’m very thankful for that.
“I enjoyed being able to raise my kids there.”
At Troy, he will inherit a 5-5 club while replacing coach Ronnie Porter, who stepped down in January.
“I’m leaving a great job and great community for a new opportunity in my career,” Hermesmeyer said. “Sometimes in life you’re ready to turn the page to a new chapter.
“Change isn’t always something that people enjoy, but you have a choice with change. You can either make it great, or figure out what’s wrong with it. But I’m just excited about having an opportunity to go and prove myself again — to get it going at a place I’m not familiar with.
“There’s great football played along the I-35 corridor and we’ll be playing some bigtime opponents. It’s a new chapter in my life as far as the coaching part of it.
“It will more than likely be my last stop in the coaching ranks and I’m ready to get it started.”
Hermesmeyer has remained a wing-T coach throughout his coaching career and intends to retain a ball control style of offense at THS.
The challenge ahead is, by all accounts, quite difficult.
Based in District 11-3A DI, the Trojans have a league slate with the likes of Lorena, Cameron Yoe, Rockdale and Little River-Academy in the mix.
A year ago, Troy’s non-district schedule was murderous, with powerhouses such as Salado (11-2) and Class 3A DII state runner-up Franklin (12-3) both on the menu.
“I’ve always been a wing-T guy, a power-run guy with hard-nosed defense,” Hermesmeyer said. “It’s hard to have a physical defense without having a physical offense. … We’re still going to have that same mentality of being hard-nosed, grind the football, make the clock run and play great defense.
“We’ll definitely be the oddball down there, because there’s a lot of spread offenses and a lot of great athletes. But sometimes being the oddball isn’t a bad thing.”