SEGUIN — The Seguin ISD board of trustees approved the hiring of two new positions — a head football coach and an athletic director — during a special meeting Monday.
Anthony Boykin, a former Seguin assistant, was named the new leader of the Matador football program, while Daniel Hernandez, most recently of Cedar Creek High School in Bastrop, was appointed as the athletic director.
Boykin, who spent two years at Seguin early in his career, comes to the program after serving as the offensive coordinator and head track coach for San Marcos during the current school year.
Described by superintendent Dr. Irene Garza as “a positive, energetic role model and campus leader,” Boykin beamed with enthusiasm when asked about his new role.
“It’s an exciting time with the new district and you start with a clean slate,” Boykin said of Seguin’s upcoming challenge on the gridiron. “Everybody is at an even playing field when the season starts and the boys need to understand that.
“They can erase the past and let’s move forward.”
In his 18 years as a coach, Boykin has also spent time at Austin LBJ, Taylor High School, Round Rock Stony Point and San Antonio Roosevelt. His emphasis has been on the offensive side of the ball, where he has worked primarily with quarterbacks, receivers and running backs.
Boykin says that his offensive system utilizes quick tempo to keep the defense one step behind.
“We go fast,” Boykin said. “We’re going to snap that ball within 15 seconds most of the time unless there’s motion. Everything you see from (Texas) A&M, Oregon — that’s us.”
As a track coach at San Marcos, Boykin said that he’s already had a chance to evaluate some of the athletes that Seguin has on its campus. The coach also said that he’s watched some film from this past football season and credited Wayne Walker and his staff for preparing the team well.
“You can see there’s things that we can work with for sure,” Boykin said. “I stay awake at night moving the X’s and O’s around.”
Hernandez — Seguin’s new athletic director — has also been coaching for 18 years and has spent most of his time in Bastrop and Del Valle, working as a coach, athletic coordinator and school administrator.
Hernandez will inherit a situation that he has plenty of experience with in regard to the new bond issue and upcoming renovations, as he worked at Bastrop High School while its campus underwent construction work.
“I’m real familiar with construction projects and how that impacts the campus and the athletic department,” Hernandez said. “There’s going to be some displacement of some kids from time to time and so it’s looking at it and making good, sound decisions based on the information that we have and how we’re going to phase things around from an architectural standpoint.
“We’re going to all feel the pain for a little while, but we’re going to get through it together. It’s something that, with proper planning, can work itself out.”
As far as his role with the Matador athletic department, Hernandez said he will work as hard as he can to make sure his coaches have the opportunity to do what they do best.
“It is about the student-athlete and getting the Seguin athlete to be as competitive as possible,” Hernandez said. “Part of my job is to make sure I can give the coaches the resources and the time and my energy and mentorship — whatever it might be — to help to prepare those kids so that those kids can compete at the highest level.”
Garza praised Hernandez’s ability to relate to students from different backgrounds as well as his knowledge of off-the-field issues as well.
“Mr. Hernandez has demonstrated the ability to manage a diverse population of students and athletes while leading them to success on and off the field,” Garza said. “He understands the complex nature of school district functions, having gained experience as an athletic coordinator and assistant principal.”
Both Boykin and Hernandez said that they would be present as much as possible in the coming weeks on and around the campus and community.
Boykin even stated that he plans to get down to one very important piece of business as soon as possible.
“Quarterbacks start (Tuesday),” he said.