By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
Shoemaker assistant coach James Showers is starting over - again.
The Aldine Independent School District school board approved Showers, who helped start the Grey Wolves' football program, to be the head football coach and campus athletic coordinator for the new Davis Senior High School on Feb. 13. The district announced the hire Friday on its website.
"I kind of feel like I've hit the glass ceiling here at Shoemaker and Killeen ISD," Shower said. "I feel like I've got a lot more to give and a lot more to say and I can do that better on the higher platform.
"This was an opportunity that's very similar to what I stepped into without being a head coach here, but now I'm the head coach and I've been training at Shoemaker to take this job at Aldine Davis."
Showers helped former Shoemaker coach Ken Gray start the Grey Wolves' athletic program when the school opened in 2000 and served as defensive coordinator until being named the co-offensive coordinator this season for
first-year head coach Channon Hall.
"His longevity here and knowing the kids and how things work, we're going to miss that," Hall said. "He's been at Shoemaker for a while and I know he had that itch to be a head coach and do things the way he wants them done. I think it's going to be a great opportunity for him and his family."
Showers was considered a favorite to take the same position at Shoemaker last summer when Gray announced his retirement, but withdrew his application when he was informed his wife, Shauna, would not be allowed to maintain her position as Shoemaker's head girls basketball coach and assistant campus athletic coordinator.
Showers said Shauna would be given an equal opportunity to apply for any coaching or administrative position at Aldine ISD.
"I go and be the best, supportive head coach's wife and support and guide my daughter on her new journey and at her new school and continue coaching and teaching or embark on a new journey with my administrative degree," Shauna said about the move.
The coaching couple has two children - Jameill, who is a redshirt sophomore quarterback at Texas A&M, and Hailee, who is a junior at Shoemaker and competes in multiple sports, standing out in basketball and volleyball.
"I was little bit apprehensive about taking her out of school and not letting her finish it up at Shoemaker because of the way it affected other kids," James Showers said. "But this is one of those opportunities where you have to leap and then hope for the net to appear. We're just going to take that leap."
Davis, which opens this August, will not field varsity football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer teams until the 2013-14 school year. The Falcons will not compete in a UIL district until the 2014-15 school year following the next biennial realignment, when Showers expects it will join the same 18-5A district as Aldine ISD's four other high schools.
"That's one of the things that I harped on in the interviews was the fact that the guy I worked for (Gray), from Day 1, prepped me for a job like Davis - starting a brand new high school, having to staff people and being a judge of character and having to win over the kids," Shower said. "The whole experience, my whole 12 years at Shoemaker, has prepared me for this job."
Before coming to Shoemaker, Showers served five years as offensive coordinator at Fort Stockton following a two-year stint as athletic director and coach Sierra Blanca.
"Any place you leave, the kids and the people that you meet, they're going to miss you and you're going to miss them," Showers said. "We've pretty much made this place our home. I always said I want our kids to graduate and be able to call this place home. It's like leaving home, to me.
"It's one of the toughest things I've ever had to do and it's going to be even tougher to stand in front of those guys (today) and tell them I won't be back next year," he added. "But, like we tell them, if you sit idle, you get behind, so I've got to keep moving and keep my family moving and make sure we keep moving up that spectrum."