LITTLEFIELD — The Littlefield football team is a prime example of continuity.
Following the retirement of Bryan Huseman back in January, the Wildcats hired their fourth coach since 1971 on Friday.
In those last two instances, Lewis Boomer and Huseman were longtime assistants tabbed to head the program following the retirement of the incumbent coach.
That trend continued. Brent Green, the Littlefield defensive coordinator, was nominated and approved to become the Wildcats head coach at a Littlefield ISD school board meeting Friday afternoon.
“We’ve been here together, me and coach Huseman, for the last 22 years,” Green said. “The program is in place. It’s up to us now to carry on the tradition and keep this thing rolling. I’m completely humbled and honored to have this opportunity. It’s a great honor for me and my family.”
Green was in charge of a defense that allowed 26 points per game as Littlefield advanced to the third round of the Class 3A Division I playoffs. He’s been the defensive coordinator the last 13 years and been with the school for 22 total.
The Wildcats, who ended district play undefeated, earned the program’s first district crown since 2012.
At the reigns of that run was Huseman, who retired after 26 years leading the Littlefield program. His coaching career spanned 32 years and he holds a football record of 132-61-0.
Huseman’s most noted individual accomplishment came when he earned his 128th program victory last October to become the school’s leader in that category — surpassing Boomer (120 wins) and legendary head coach Jerry Blakely (127 wins).
“To stand here and be mentioned mentioned with coach Jerry Blakely, Lewis Boomer and Bryan Huseman, it’s a humbling experience,” Green said. “My whole coaching career I’ve grown up with those guys as far as them being the guys that were just here. And I really looked up to them. To be able to fill this role and to come in after them is a real honor. … It’s a little overwhelming to be honest.”
Under his Huseman’s watch, the Wildcats have earned six district titles and qualified for the playoffs 14 times, including three regional titles, two quarterfinals wins and a state title game appearance back in 2006. He ends his Littlefield tenure with 132 career victory.
In many ways, Green is expected to continue the runs of his predecessors and the pressure will not be daunting at all because he’s known it since moving becoming a teacher and coach with Littlefield back in 1995.
“It’s a situation where when coach Huseman took this thing over from coach Boomer, we added a wrinkle or two here and there,” Green said. “It’ll be the same-type situation. It won’t be a complete overhaul of the system.”
The Winters native and Angelo State graduate will look to fill the voids left by the graduations of running back/linebacker Brian Acevedo, offensive lineman Nathan Solis, defensive back John Castillo and tight end Tanner McNabb.
Green will have some talent returning, including running back Chris Douglas (1,281 yards, 15 touchdowns) and offensive tackle/nose guard Matthew Arce (91 pancakes, 88 tackles, seven sacks).