Once again, Lockhart High School is looking for a new football coach.
Lockhart head coach Paul Kilby will be the next football coach and athletic director at Class 3A Sweeny. Kilby, who did not have athletic director responsibilities in Lockhart, confirmed the news to the American-Statesman on Sunday.
“It’s going to be very tough to leave these kids,” Kilby said. “It’s just a big move up for me and my career.”
At Sweeny, the 45-year-old Kilby will inherit a team that went 3-7 in 2012. The Bulldogs, however, did reach the third round of the Class 3A, Division II playoffs in 2011.
In two years with the Lions, Kilby was 8-12 with no playoff appearances. During the 2012 season, Lockhart went 6-4 with a 3-4 mark in its District 27-4A games, and Kilby’s run-heavy offense averaged 34.2 points per game.
Kilby took over the Lockhart football program in 2011. He succeeded Robin Rapp, who also coached at Lockhart for two seasons.
Lockhart becomes the fourth Austin-area football program to undergo a coaching change in the off-season. Hays and Wimberley have hired Neal La Hue and Doug Warren to lead their programs, and Leander is searching for a replacement for Clint Harper.