A stand-out high school and collegiate athlete and football coach with state championships under his belt has chosen to take his next career step as an assistant athletic director in the Spring Branch ISD Athletics department.
One of the big draws for Charles West accepting the position was the opportunity to work and grow professionally under the leadership of Paige Hershey, Executive Director of Athletics.
“The ‘deans’ of athletic directors from across the state started contacting me when they knew he was considering a move to Spring Branch ISD,” Hershey said. “They wanted to let me know what value Charles West would bring to the district.”
West excelled in football, basketball and track as a high school athlete in Killeen, TX. He attended the University of Houston on a football scholarship and earned a degree in Special Education. Following a brief time playing professional football in Canada, he was invited to go back to Killeen to work as an assistant coach under the wing of his former coach, Mike Coker.
After several stints in area school districts as a teacher and coach, West finished his coaching career as the campus athletic director and head football coach at Humble High School.
“I love reaching out and helping kids,” West said. “I loved everything about being a coach in football and life.” He instilled in his players the importance of character, no matter if they were winning or losing. Over the years, many of his former players have called and visited with him about their personal lives and received advice about how to be good husbands and fathers.
“These have been my most successful moments,” West said.
Spring Branch ISD’s core value of focusing on Every Child attracted West to the district. “It is my goal to try and reach Every Child to help them have a great educational experience and high school career,” West said.
The aspiration of “One goal [T-2-4]. One family.” also spoke to his sense of teamwork. He appreciates the warm welcomes he has received from the Athletics staff and the coaches he has met so far.
As an assistant athletic director in Spring Branch ISD, West will coordinate the football, soccer and baseball programs. “This is a great opportunity to learn about sports other than football more deeply,” he noted, “not only to help coaches with their efforts, but also learn the business and legal sides of athletic programming.”
When football season begins in just a few weeks, West admits that by being a spectator for the first time in 26 years it will be difficult to not run down on the field and be a coach again. “But I will be able to sit back and watch some great coaches in action,” he said.
Welcome to Spring Branch ISD, Coach West. We are #SBISDProud you are on OUR team.