Westlake defensive coordinator likely to come from within
Thursday, January 24, 2013 | | 7
Athletic director and football coach Darren Allman said the team is going through the process of evaluating and reviewing the current coaches on staff for the Chaparrals, which opened up when former coordinator Jeff Joseph left for an opportunity to join the staff at Texas A&M University last week.
Joseph was likewise promoted from within when he took over the position three years ago, and Allman prefers to promote from within.
“We’re certainly considering a promotion,” Allman said. “I feel all of our defensive position coaches are qualified to step into that spot. We’re in a situation now where we’ve got guys that have been through four seasons on our staff. They know our defense better than anyone I could bring in.
“We’re not looking to change what we’re doing.”
Once that position is filled, then Allman and the Chaps would look outside the school to fill the spot vacated by whichever coach earns the promotion.
“If I promote, we’ll do that pretty soon so we can move on and focus on who to hire and fill that spot,” Allman said. “I won’t drag it out any longer than I feel is necessary. “
The current defensive coaches on staff for the Westlake football program are: Brian Vasek, assistant head coach and defensive line, sixth year; Mark Schrutka, special teams coordinator, inside linebackers and head JV blue coach, third year; Jason Jones, outside linebackers and head JV red coach, fourth year; Mark Hurst, linebackers and freshman special teams coordinator, 32nd year; Sam Lunz, defensive backs and freshman red defense, first year; Phil Bounds, linebackers, defensive backs and athletic operations, fourth year; and Steven Womack, defensive line and strength & conditioning, fourth year.
Westlake alum Justin Tucker will play in the world’s biggest game – the Super Bowl.
Tucker and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the favored New England Patriots 28-13 in the AFC Championship game Sunday.
The former University of Texas kicker wasn’t called upon to attempt a field goal in the win, but he was perfect on his extra-point kicks, 4-for-4, as he has been all season.
Although he won’t be playing in the game, there’s a good chance another former Westlake football player could be around the Super Bowl as the game is in New Orleans this year, the football home of former Chap and current Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
The game is set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 and will be on CBS.
There are plenty of Westlake players still considering their options when it comes to playing at the next level, but seniors are still going through the process right now.
Senior kicker Michael Barden has an offer from Air Force, and Allman said he is strongly considering that.
“Michael will play somewhere,” Allman said. “He’s excited about that [offer], but he’s keeping his options open.”
Junior quarterback Jordan Severt has garnered more and more attention, especially after Westlake’s run to the state semifinals in his first season under helm.
Currently helping the basketball team try to reach the postseason, Severt has a football offer from SMU and has had looks from a few other schools, including Alabama, who took a look at him when the school was making the rounds earlier this month.
“He’s on everybody’s radar,” Allman said. “They’re interested in him. It’s that time of year now for colleges … Now that he has 15 games on film to look at and evaluate that process will speed up a bit now.”