Embattled Blanket ISD coach leaving to take top athletic position in Zephyr ISD
BROWNWOOD, Texas -- After weeks of waiting, and a lack of decision-making by Blanket ISD, Athletics Director and Head Football Coach Brent Williamson has decided to leave and take the same position with Zephyr ISD, Williamson's wife confirmed Monday.
According to Williamson's wife, an official announcement will be made Wednesday when Zephyr ISD is set to vote on Williamson. He said he decided to leave because the board was taking too long to “make it right.”
This all began Feb. 12 when the Blanket School board voted 5-2 to not-renew the first-year coach's contract at year's end, sparking outrage with the community and Blanket students. KTXS followed-up with the school board, in which Blanket ISD Superintendent David Whisenhunt said the school district's attorney advised him that the school board didn't follow proper procedure when it tried getting rid of Coach Brent Williamson.
"All previous information indicating that the Blanket ISD would be employing Mr. Williamson beyond the 2017-2018 school year was incorrect," Whisenthunt said. "Such a determination has not been made by the Board of Trustees."
The attorney for the school district advised them state school law requires the board to have a separate vote to terminate Williamson's probationary contract, according to Whisenhunt. On Feb. 12, the district's Board of Trustees voted 5-2 not to renew Williamson's contract. However, the board of trustees cannot fire Williamson because its members tried doing without holding a second vote, according to Whisenhunt.
A scheduled school board meeting for Monday, Feb. 26 turned into a town hall because four board members didn’t show up, no action could be taken.
Steve Schulze, Sherry Gill, Vicky Jenkins, and Mary Wilson missed the meeting called to discuss Williamson’s contract. Later, KTXS reported that Jenkins and Blanket ISD Board of Trustees President James Heard had withdrawn from seeking re-election to their respective seats.
At Zephyr, Williamson will replace Shannon Williams who accepted the same position with Leakey ISD on Feb. 20. Williams went 43-18 in five seasons at Zephyr and came within one victory of a state championship game berth in 2015.