Then-Belton High School football coach Bob Shipley wanted to organize a website to highlight his football players.
Assistant coach Sam Skidmore was tabbed to head the project — along with a number of other assignments.
That additional work paid off for Skidmore as he was named the Tigers’ head football coach in January.
Skidmore will lead Belton into the 2017 season after the Tigers went 8-4 in 2016, Shipley’s final season before retiring.
The Tigers scored 40 or more points eight times with a potent offense featuring Division 1 quarterback Peyton Mansell.
Mansell is off to Iowa, so Belton needs to reload.
“It is tough year to year, but guys have to step up and fill leadership roles,” Skidmore said.
“We put a lot of emphasis on our subvarsity teams — junior varsity and freshmen.
“Our staff puts a lot of time developing those guys.”
Skidmore said Shipley gave him a lot of the day-to-day responsibilities.
“I learned a lot about the aspects of the operation,” Skidmore said. “That has made it really easy to step in.
“The adjustment is the bombardment of questions you receive all at once.”
Skidmore has served as an assistant athletic director, the team’s offensive coordinator and the strength and conditioning coach since coming to Belton in 2014. He worked with Shipley at Brownwood High School from 2009 to 2012.
“I have no doubt that Sam is ready for this opportunity and that the team will continue to be successful under his leadership,” Shipley said in January. “Sam, Mike (Morgan) and the rest of our coaching staff deserves a great deal of credit for the team’s success over the last three years.
“They have been the nuts and bolts of what we’ve done every day.”
Skidmore is a product of Greenwood High School in Midland, where he played football and baseball.
He continued his football career at Tarleton State University where he was a three-time All-Lone Star Conference selection as an offensive lineman. Skidmore received his master’s degree from Sam Houston State where he was a graduate assistant coach.
Skidmore remains an assistant athletic director with the Belton Independent School District.