With the move of former Howe coach Nick Grimes to the college coaching ranks, the Bulldogs have hired Dale West to take over as offensive coordinator.
West, a Texas A&M-Commerce grad, comes to Howe after a one-year stint as offensive coordinator at Sweeny High School, another Bulldog team.
Sweeny finished second in District 24-3A last season and won its bi-district game before losing to Hardin-Jefferson in the area round.
West started his coaching career in Mathis then coached at Lockhart.
A proponent of the slot-T offense, West feels the Bulldogs have the athletes to compete in their new district in 2014.
He and wife Candace have a daughter, Rylee, and after a month on the job in Howe West likes what he sees in the players in the off-season program.
With the retirement of boys basketball coach Tim Rose, the Bulldogs have gone to a former assistant and long-time area coach to fill that coaching vacancy.
Tim Short was an assistant on the Howe bench during the 2011-12 season and he comes to the Bulldogs from S&S High School.
Short, a Southeastern Oklahoma State University graduate, spent 25 years coaching in Pottsboro, and in 2010 he took the Lindsay Knights to a regional finals appearance.
Short, too, likes what he has seen from the athletes he will be coaching next season.
"They are a very competitive bunch and I like their attitude," he said.
I asked the coach about his offensive philosophies, an unfair question given his brief exposure to the school, but he had a ready response.
"We’re not bound by any fixed schemes," he responded, "we take what the other team gives up and go from there."
Short will also assist with the football program, most likely coaching the secondary for the Bulldogs.