The turnover in Aubrey’s athletic department continued late Thursday when lifelong Aubrey resident and the school’s jack-of-all-trades Daryl Hellman turned in his resignation as the district’s athletic director.
The move came a day after head football coach Mike Segleski turned in his resignation.
Hellman will finish the year at Aubrey as the school’s head baseball coach before leaving the Chaparrals after 12 years at the school.
“Surreal isn’t even a way to describe it,” Hellman said of his resignation. “I’ve been asked many times why I stay here. I’m on call 24/7/365. I’m never not doing some type of athletic director work. It’s just been a part of me. I can say with total appreciation and blessing that I’ve never felt like I’ve had a job. It doesn’t feel like a job. It just feels like me. It’s my life. Not too many people can say that. It’s pretty rare. Having to leave this and start over is uncomfortable to say the least.”
Hellman graduated from Aubrey and eventually found his way back home when he started working at the school in 2001 as the assistant head football coach. He took over the program in 2002.
Prior to that, he worked at Celina two different times and at Lake Dallas two times — once as a varsity coach and once as middle school coordinator. In all of his stops, he always lived in the Aubrey-Pilot Point area.
“The early years at Celina and Lake Dallas were preparation to come home,” Hellman said. “I didn’t want to start my career at Aubrey right off the bat. I wanted to go to other places and see what to do so when the day came I’d be ready to hit the ground running. It happened at [age] 31, about 10 years before I thought. My vision was to be in my 40s and come home, but it came early.”
Since establishing its football program in the 1972, Aubrey has made the playoffs seven times. In five of those playoff years, Hellman was a player, coach or athletic director.
He was the Aubrey quarterback in 1988 when the school made its first postseason appearance. He led the Chaparrals to the postseason as head coach in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
After hiring legendary coach G.A. Moore prior to the 2009 season, Hellman moved to strictly athletic director duties, and the Chaps made the playoffs that year. The sole duty didn’t last long, as Hellman became the head baseball coach in 2010 and led the Chaparrals to the Class 2A Region II final — the deepest postseason run in program history.
He gave up the head baseball job after the 2011 season to become an assistant principal as well as athletic director, promoting assistant Keith Peacock to head baseball coach. After Peacock left to return to his alma mater of Pilot Point last summer, Hellman decided to take over as baseball coach again, and he’ll finish his time at Aubrey in that capacity.
Hellman, who said he has never actively searched for a job but was always called for openings, said that coupled with the fact his wife, Angela, is a Denton school district principal and happy with her job means he won’t be in a hurry to find his next job.
“This might not be the most wise professional strategy, but I’ve always waited for guys to sit back and open the door for me,” Hellman said. “In all my other stops, I was called and asked. The fact I’m finishing out the year means my options are wide open. My wife’s a principal at Denton ISD and she loves it there, so I’m not going anywhere to pull her away from Denton ISD.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.