Just recently, Mike Segleski was set to become a head football coach for the first time in his career, following in his father’s footsteps and fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Segleski had been offered the head coaching job at Beckville and was prepared to accept it before having a change of heart at the last minute and realizing he wanted to keep his wife and daughters in Aubrey, where he has been the Chaparrals’ defensive coordinator since 2008.
Turns out, he is getting the best of both worlds as it was announced Tuesday that Segleski will replace the legendary G.A. Moore to become the new head coach at Aubrey after being passed up as a finalist at Mount Vernon and Moody the past two offseasons.
“My entire life I’ve been around [coaching], and when I realized I was not going to be a professional football player, the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do was head a football program,” Segleski said. “It’s always been a dream of mine, and it’s finally come true.”
Segleski’s father, Mike, retired from Dripping Springs and coached his son at Comfort, setting the path for the younger Mike to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Segleski’s previous stops include Collinsville, where he was before current Aubrey athletic director and former head football coach Daryl Hellman hired him in 2008 to be his defensive coordinator. Segleski then worked three seasons under Moore, who he also coached under during Moore’s second stint at Pilot Point.
Segleski, 39, was also an assistant coach under Joey Florence at Ryan for one season and helped the Raiders to a state runner-up finish in 2000 after starting his career at Whitehouse.
Segleski was chosen over fellow Aubrey assistant Monty Endres, who was the assistant head coach under Moore for the past two seasons, when the Chaparrals compiled an 8-12 record after going 11-2 in Moore’s first season.
“It was really between Mike and Monty, and I hired both of them and have known them for years before I hired them, so I think both of them were worthy candidates for head coaching positions in any district,” said Hellman, who said the decision was made by the Aubrey school board and Superintendent James Monaco.
The Chaparrals are set up to make Segleski’s transition a manageable one after the junior varsity and freshman squads both had highly successful seasons.
“The kids and I have a great relationship and the younger group is starting to get used to winning,” Segleski said. “That pays huge dividends, especially in the district we’re in. That’ll help us get us through this tough challenge that we have.”
Aubrey will be placed in District 10-3A as a result of the UIL’s latest biennial realignment, putting the Chaparrals with powerhouses such as Argyle and Celina, along with schools from bigger school districts such as Carrollton Ranchview and Frisco Lone Star.
Aside from that pressure, Segleski will also be following the all-time leader in wins among Texas high school football coaches after Moore retired last week — 423 wins over 45 seasons, including a 19-14 record at Aubrey.
“Being a head coach and a boys athletic coordinator for the first time is overwhelming for anybody, and I think coming in after G.A. doesn’t make it any easier,” Hellman said. “But the bottom line is, as much as I disagree, head coaches are judged on winning and losing. Mike will put all he has into it, and that’s all you can ask of somebody is to fully commit to the job and the program and see where it takes you from there.”
Segleski said he wants to continue the upswing at Aubrey that has been led over recent years by Hellman and Moore.
“Daryl, being the AD and being from here, and being the program he pulled out of a low spot was huge,” he said. “Coach Moore has meant a lot to me, and it’s an exciting opportunity to hopefully continue to build on what they have done in the future.
“The last two guys that have been here have really got it going. Coach Moore and [Hellman] both did a lot. There’s no way to fill [Moore’s] shoes. It’s going to be tough. He’s a legend and a Hall of Famer. He’s got more state championships than I could even dream of.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .