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Jim Streety returns home for AD position

photo: NBISD

photo: NBISD

Jim Streety resigned Thursday as head football coach at Madison High School to accept the Athletic Director position for the New Braunfels Independent School District - not just the high school - the entire district.  The move is something of a homecoming for the well-respected coach.  He already was a resident of New Braunfels but his connection with the city goes back much further.

Coach Streety coached a total of 47 years and won more football games than any other coach in San Antonio high school history. He also ranks number four in all-time career victories among Texas high school football coaches.

“My first influence was my high school coach,” Streety explained when asked about the start of his storied tenure.

His career had humble beginnings.  Streety began coaching in 1966 at San Marcos Junior High, where he led the Rattlers for four years.  He made the move to the high school level joining the staff at New Braunfels High School as an assistant coach in 1970.

Streety got his first gig as a head coach in 1974 with the New Braunfels Unicorns. During his remarkable career as head coach, Streety only had one losing season - that first year at New Braunfels (4-6-0.)

“My parents had a real influence on me to do my best more on academic than athletics, and when I started coaching it rubbed off on me,” Streety said,  “My parents gave me a good work ethic,” he added.

Coach Streety stayed for 17 seasons with New Braunfels compiling a 149-45-2 record.  He left in 1991 to take the head coaching position at San Antonio's James Madison High School replacing Mark Saunders (16-15-2). In total, Jim racked up a record of 343-131-3 during his 40 year career, including 194-86-1 during his 23 seasons at Madison.

Streety however, did more than just rack up wins.  He had three state semifinal appearances at Madison as well as back-to-back state semifinal appearances at New Braunfels.

Coach Streety doesn't hesitate to list the most meaningful aspects of his career as the relationships he formed along the way.

“...those relationships you form with your players and staff.  Victories come and go, but those relationships last a lifetime,” Streety said emphatically.

On Thursday, Streety resigned as head coach at Madison and accepted the Athletic Director position for at Braunfels Independent School District.

“I’m in my 4th quarter of coaching,” Streety stated philosophically,  “I knew I had to have something to do, I couldn’t just quit coaching cold turkey.”

As the Athletic Director for the entire district, he will certainly have something to do.  Streety's AD position is a newly created, part-time position that will direct and manage the district’s athletic program and facilities in cooperation with the district administrators.  We wish him the best of luck in the new position.

by Natalie Newton & Chris Doelle
Lone Star Gridiron

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