Bryan athletic director Lance Angel wanted to get back into coaching. He got that chance and is leaving Bryan to be the head football coach and athletic director at Palestine. He returns to Palestine after five years at Bryan.
“The draw for me was really to get back into coaching,” he said, adding that he wants to make a more direct impact on children’s lives.
Under Angel’s tenure, the Bryan school district added a turf football/soccer field at Rudder, improved the field surfaces and backstop netting at Bryan and Rudder’s baseball and softball fields, renovated the Merrill Green Stadium press box and added a turf football field at Stephen F. Austin Middle School. Angel said he also is proud of several coaching hires under his tenure.
Assistant athletic director Janice Williamson said a timeline for replacing Angel is not yet in place, but she expects that a successor will be found quickly. She said she is sad to see Angel go but is happy for him and his family.
Along with Angel, three Bryan coaches are leaving. Head volleyball coach Ashley Davis is leaving after four years to take the same position at Hays Consolidated. Head girls basketball coach Beth Jesurun and offensive line/head powerlifting coach Robert Jesurun are taking positions at Huntsville after 12 years at Bryan. Robert Jesurun again will coach the offensive line, while Beth Jesurun will be an assistant coach for the Lady Hornets. Last year, the Lady Vikings went 3-22.
Beth Jesurun said they built a “barn-dominium,” a house built from a barn shell, on property they own on Highway 30 near Huntsville. Beth and Robert Jesurun bought the property when they coached in the Houston area.
“It’s something we wanted to do for a long time,” Beth Jesurun said of building the new home.
Davis is taking the Hays Consolidated job to be closer to family, Bryan athletic coordinator Ross Rogers said. Bryan’s volleyball team went 34-13 last year, advancing to the bi-district playoffs in its first season in Class 6A.
“I’m excited for them to be moving on,” Rogers said. “They’ve all done a great job.”
Rogers said he wants to fill the openings as quickly as possible and potentially will make internal hires.
“If I can hire from within our existing staff, I try to,” he said.