Sherman ISD recently hired Tommy Hudspeth, a 43-year veteran of secondary education, as the district’s new athletic director. Hudspeth is a former Sherman High School football coach, SISD athletic director, SHS principal, and SISD assistant superintendent.
“Coach Hudspeth has a strong history as an educator and athletic administrator with SISD,” said Dr. Al Hambrick, SISD superintendent. “His role will be to work with our staff to plan and provide quality athletic program opportunities for our student athletes in all sports.”
Hudspeth is well-known in the Texas coaching and administration circuits, most recently receiving the Legends Award from the Gridiron Club of the National Football Foundation in 2011. He retired from SISD full-time in 1996, but has remained active in supporting local students and education efforts.
“Our culture and lifestyle has changed a lot since I’ve started coaching,” Hudspeth said. “Coaches in SISD and everywhere need to broaden the job description to make sure we’re providing our kids support for more than just athletics. We should put lots of emphasis on areas beyond athletics as far as academics, character building, even community service.”
Hudspeth will direct and coordinate all SISD athletic programs, from seventh grade through high school.
“He will help us develop a good balance of student skills in academics, athletics, character and leadership in our sports programs,” Dr. Hambrick said.
Coach Hudspeth and Dr. Hambrick have maintained a successful working relationship for many years; both are former coaches and math teachers, and Dr. Hambrick was principal of Sherman High School when Hudspeth retired in 1999. Even so, Hudspeth and Dr. Hambrick are ready to look forward.
“I’m here to help whatever the need may be,” Hudspeth said. “I want to focus on the positive. We have good kids and we want to continue to provide what they need and good programs in their particular sports.
… SISD has been good to me, and Sherman as a community has been good to me. Whatever I can do to help is what I’m available for at this point.”