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Announcing the Assistant Coach of the Year

Coach Billy Turek
Defensive Coordinator, Shiner

In this day and age, truly dominating defenses are few and far between. Shiner’s defense, however, has suffocated opposing offenses all season with a relentless protection of the scoreboard. The Comanches have registered seven shutouts this year, and have held opponents to a miniscule 6.76 points per contest.
Photo credit: Frank Tilley of the Victoria Advocate

Dairy MAX’s BUILT by Nature and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football are proud to honor Billy Turek as the 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year. Coach Turek stood out from several amazing finalists, who were selected based on nominations from fans and head coaches across the state, along with input from the editorial staff of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
BUILT by Nature and Dave Campbell want to thank local schools across the state for helping us honor amazing assistant coaches all season long. Come see us again next season to nominate your favorite assistant coach.

See all of last year’s Assistant Coaches of the Week:

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Coach Cody Farrell
Defensive Coordinator, Hallsville

Even the best defenses employ a “bend don’t break” strategy at times, and that was certainly the case for Hallsville during their 39-38 upset win over #4 Carthage. The Pirate defense turned Carthage back on four separate two-point conversion attempts, including the game-deciding play in overtime. 

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Coach Alan Steele
Defensive Coordinator, Baird

Through two games, the Baird defense has yet to give up more than 19 points in either game as the Bears have started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2010. Last week, the Bears put the clamps down on an experienced Menard offense to hold on for a 15-13 victory.




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Coach Ariel Famaligi
Offensive Line Coach, El Paso Del Valle

Graduation hit the Conquistadores hard after their 11-2 campaign a year ago, but “Coach Fama” has rebuilt a powerful offensive line that has fueled a 2-1 start to the 2015 season. Last week, Del Valle ran past 6A non-district foe Coronado, 41-38.


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Coach Cory McComb
Defensive Coordinator, San Saba High School

High-scoring shootouts are much more common than defensive struggles in this day and age, but the Armadillos found themselves in one this past Friday when Thorndale paid them a visit. The San Saba D proved to be the more dominant force, however, holding on for a 14-7 victory.

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Coach Dan Loyd
Defensive Coordinator, Seymour

Heading into district play, Seymour’s 7-2A DII rivals shouldn’t expect the same team that finished last year 2-8. Coach Loyd took over the defense this past off season, and his energy and motivation have fueled a resurgence that has led to a 4-1 start for the Panthers – who have won three straight following a 40-21 road win over Valley View.

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Coach Lyndon Hamilton
Defensive Coordinator, San Antonio Reagan

It was gut check time for the Rattler defense in the 4th quarter of the game with District 26-6A foe Johnson last week, with the Jaguars’ offense nine yards from a potential go-ahead touchdown. The Reagan defenders came up with a momentous stop before a missed field goal though, and survived to remain unbeaten on the year.


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Coach Darren Hylander
Defensive Coordinator, Kaufman

Just one week into October, the 5-1 Lions have already matched their win total from a year ago thanks to a stifling defense. They’ve pitched consecutive shutouts in their last two games against Palestine and last week in a rivalry game against Crandall.

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Coach Guy Grover
Defensive Coordinator, Aransas Pass

After a 1-3 start to the season, the Panthers’ defense has tightened up, allowing fewer than 10 points against Palacios, Falfurrias and Bishop in a three-game win streak that has pushed Aransas Pass to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in district play.



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Coach Chris Stewart
Defensive Coordinator, Arp

After a 1-4 start looked like it might derail Arp’s season, they turned a corner three weeks ago in a 46-14 district win over Troup. Since then, the Tigers have allowed just 28 total points in a three-game winning streak. Last time out, they throttled New Diana in a 62-0 shutout victory.





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Coach Mike Fullen
Defensive Coordinator, Abilene High School

In a game vital to Abilene High’s playoff chances, the defense came up big as the Eagles rolled over Midland High 49-14. The Eagles completely stifled the Bulldog run game, allowing just 37 rushing yards for the entire game.



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Coach Andy Cavalier
Defensive Coordinator, Canadian

With a 62-2 win over Boys Ranch, Canadian wrapped up a perfect 10-0 regular season as they look to defend their state title. The Wildcats’ stifling defense gave up a grand total of 21 points in their five district games.



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Coach Mike Ballew
Co-Offensive Coordinator & Special Teams Coordinator, Port Neches-Groves

Ballew’s work with the Indians offensive and special teams units both paid off in PNG’s 42-41 playoff victory over Dayton. Quarterback Adam Morse accounted for five total touchdowns, including the eventual game winner with 2:43 remaining. Then the hands team recovered a late onside-kick attempt to seal the win.

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Coach Nick Mendez
Defensive Coordinator, Del Rio

While the Ram offense did much of their damage through the air, their defense was very stingy against the pass, allowing just 86 yards through the air all night in a 33-21 playoff victory over Weslaco East. The Ram defense even got on the scoreboard themselves when Mark Cuellar recovered a fourth quarter fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.