Lone Star Gridiron

Coaching Changes — Klein

Klein has found one of the best coaches in the state to take over for Stan Labay who retired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year after taking the Bearkats to the Class 5A Region II semifinals. Shane Hallmark who coached at Fort Bend Hightower for the last 2 seasons will be their new Head Coach.

Labay leaves Klein ranked #3 in all-time coaching wins at the school. His record at Klein over the last 7 years was 43-34-0. His other head coaching positions have been at Bellville (1991-1994 36-10-0 record), Pasadena Dobie (1995-1998 33-12-0 record) and Willis (1999-2002 24-20-0 record). He has an all-time record of 136-75-0.

Coach Hallmark takes over at Klein after just two seasons at Fort Bend Hightower. What a great two seasons he had though. The Hurricanes advanced to the Class 5A, Division I state championship game in his first season. Last season, they went 10-0 in the regular season for the second consecutive time before getting upset in the Area round. His record over the last 2 seasons was 24-2. Before coming to Hightower as the defensive coordinator in 2005, Hallmark coached in Klein ISD for 10 years.

Klein is in District 13-5A which is once again going to be a very tough fight. Other teams are Klein Collins, Klein Forest, Klein Oak, Spring, Spring DeKaney, Spring Westfield and Tomball.

What are your thoughts?