LAMPASAS — There are no limitations.
For the first time in school history, Lampasas is adding wrestling to its athletic rotation after receiving significant interest last year, and Brandan Rosa was recently hired as head coach of the program.
Much like the Badgers and Lady Badgers competing on the mat this fall, Rosa is stepping into a new situation as he enters the first head coaching position of his career.
The inexperience on both sides, however, makes the marriage perfect, according to the Oklahoma native.
“It is advantageous because there is no predisposition for what this program should be,” Rosa said. “It might be naivety on my part, but I think this plays into my hands.
“I can start this up and take all the good things from the good programs I’ve been a part of and really blend them all together and try to make something great happen.”
Before spending one year at both Gregory-Portland and Rockport-Fulton as a receivers coach, Rosa was an assistant wrestling coach at Edmond North in Oklahoma, helping the team to a state championship in 2013. He also spent time at Carl Albert prior to arriving in Texas.
Between the trips from South Texas to home, Rosa discovered Lampasas, using the town as a midway stopping point along his treks, and he was instantly attracted to the location.
“My wife and I always said if we ever left where we were,” Rosa said, “this is where we wanted to be.
“So, when Lampasas came open, everything just worked out.”
The University Interscholastic League only offers wrestling at Class 5A and Class 6A, forcing Lampasas — a Class 4A program — to compete in District 13-5A. The Badgers and Lady Badgers share the district with Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Georgetown, Georgetown East View, Hutto, Leander Rouse, Pflugerville Connally, Leander Glenn and Pflugerville Weiss.
While competing at a higher classification can create discrepancies, Lampasas athletic director Troy Rogers believes they are irrelevant once the match begins.
“I really think if you put the kids in blank uniforms,” he said, “nobody would even care, but when you put Cedar Park or something on their chests, then it can create issues.
“But we’re trying to create a mentality where those things don’t matter, and if you want to compete in the parking lot, we will. In wrestling, there is no hiding, and it is one on one, and that’s a reason I wanted to bring it to Lampasas.”
Rosa will also serve as an inside receivers coach for the Badgers.
After years of relying on a run-based approach, Rogers, who just completed his first season as Lampasas head football coach, is looking to incorporate more of an aerial offense, and Rosa has no objections.
“I would throw the ball 100 percent of the time and say we’re balanced,” Rosa joked. “I’m an all-air guy, so I love his philosophy.
“I’ve always been at schools that wanted to run the ball, so it is really cool to come to a place where they want to throw it around a little bit.”
Although Rosa is eager to begin work at both of his new positions, he understands starting a wrestling program from scratch comes with inherent problems, but he is eager to encounter them.
“I have to really generate interest in wrestling within the community at some point,” Rosa said. “That’s on me to create that within the student body, but I think the newness and novelty of it will attract a lot of people.”
DISTRICT 13-5A WRESTLING
- Cedar Park
- Dripping Springs
- Georgetown East View
- Leander Glenn
- Leander Rouse
- Pflugerville Connally
- Pflugerville Weiss