By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
Richard Herbst wasn't looking for a new job - he was the head girls basketball coach at Copperas Cove and in three years led the Lady Bulldawgs to the playoffs each season to go with a District 12-5A championship.
But when a few of his former players called to tell him the same job opened up at San Antonio Clark, it was an opportunity Herbst had to consider. He played basketball at nearby Boerne High School and led the girls' program for eight years before coming to Copperas Cove.
Herbst resigned Friday for the San Antonio Clark job, as both he and his wife, Michele - also his assistant coach - have family in the Boerne and San Antonio areas.
"We weren't searching or anything," Herbst said. "It just happened and it gives us a chance to get back. It was just a really good opportunity.
"We just felt like it was a chance to get back real close to our family and that's real important right now,"
Cove athletic director Jack Welch said though he could understand the two wanting to move closer to
family, he was still disappointed in losing both coaches.
"Coach Herbst did a good job," Welch said. "They worked extremely hard and they were a good husband-and-wife team that's hard to come by these days. He had good, firm values and a good, firm coaching style.
"He did a good job with our girls and he's been a good one."
The job has been posted and a search committee has already been formed, Welch said, with hopes to begin interviewing and have a new head coach soon.
"It's just as soon as we can," he said. "It's not a formal first-of-July or middle-of-June. We have to post it for a certain amount of days, then we're going to start interviewing and try to get somebody hired."
Herbst went 74-26 in his three seasons at Cove, advancing as far as the 5A region quarterfinals in 2009. His teams won at least 22 games each season and captured consecutive Bush's Chicken Holiday Classic titles and a runner-up finish in Herbst's first year.
"I was real happy these three years," Herbst said.
In addition to the accolades, five of Herbst's former Lady Dawgs are currently playing college basketball with three more (Desiree Nelson, Savannah Seybold and Shina McCoun) set to push the number to eight this fall.
Before coming to Cove, Herbst led the Boerne Lady Greyhounds to a 220-58 record and six district titles over eight seasons.
He spent time in the area before, as he was the men's head coach at Mary Hardin-Baylor from 1990-98, winnings 138 games.
"I hate to see him go, but that's part of the business," Welch said. "You just regroup and I really believe things happen for a reason, so I think good things will happen for us in the future."