By Angel Verdejo

Killeen Daily Herald

As Copperas Cove head football coach Jack Welch put it, he only brings on new coaches who have bigger aspirations and career goals.

"That's the only kind of guys I hire," Welch said.

That point was again made Tuesday night, when Bulldawg co-defensive coordinator Tim Hensley was approved unanimously by the New Caney Independent School District Board of Trustees as the new head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at New Caney High School.

"It's just excitement right now," Hensley said. "The Lord blessed my family with a great opportunity. I'm just praying that I'm the one that can get things going in the right direction."

Hensley was one of two new head coaches approved, as Reno Moore was brought on at Porter High, a new school set to open next school year. He'll begin at New Caney on Jan. 4.

The openings drew 90 applicants, with 17 interviewed last week.

"We're excited about having both Coach Moore and Coach Hensley be a part of New Caney ISD," Athletic Director Doug Bonsal said in a press release. "Gauging from their past successes, we anticipate great things from both programs, and we think both of these hires will be a huge benefit to our kids and community."

Hensley was in his fifth season at Cove, where he was the co-defensive coordinator since 2005 and coached safeties. Former Bulldawgs whom Hensley directed include Tim Atchinson (now a junior at Baylor), Joseph Leary (junior at Rice) and Rashad Hardy (freshman at Blinn).

"Tim is very deserving," Welch said. "He did us a very good job and he'd been wanting a head coaching job. It's always bittersweet when you lose a good coach, but that's what life is all about.

"It's very pleasing to see one of your coaches move to a position that they desire."

Hensley becomes the fourth former Cove assistant currently leading a program. He joins Rodney Southern (Belton), Thed Harris (Marshall) and Howard McMahan (Pflugerville Connally).

New Caney went 2-8 this season including an 0-5 mark in District 14-5A that features perrenial contenders in Lufkin and Conroe The Woodlands. The Eagles last reached the playoffs in 2003 and haven't had a winning season since going 6-4 in 2004. New Caney is 13-33 since.

The New Caney program has seven postseason appearances all-time, including a four-year stretch (1994-97) where they made the playoffs but lost bi-district games each year.

Contact Angel Verdejo at or (254) 501-7564.

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