Football: Hopkins receives contract extension – AD renewed through 2020

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Two More Years

TWO MORE YEARS – Boyd AD and football coach Brandon Hopkins received a two-year contract extension Monday. Messenger photo by Kelly Basting

A year after not extending athletic director Brandon Hopkins’ contract, Boyd ISD trustees Monday night voted unanimously to give him a two-year extension.

The extension is through June 30, 2020.

“Coach Hopkins means a lot to the district and [the extension] is something he deserved,” said Boyd School Board President Bill Childress.

Hopkins took over as athletic director and head football coach in 2012 after the retirement of longtime coach J.G. Cartwright. Hopkins just finished his sixth season as the Yellowjackets’ football coach and led the squad to a 3-8 record and trip to the bi-district round of the playoffs. The school made its fifth trip to the postseason in six seasons under Hopkins a year after going 0-10.

Hopkins’ teams are 23-44.

“Coming off last year, I feel we had a good year. There’s still a long ways to go definitely,” Hopkins said after the announcement of the extension. “We are getting better. Our JV was 7-3 last year. Our eighth grade went 7-1. And our varsity got into the playoffs for the 14th time in 15 years. There’s a lot of people that wish they could do that.

“The kids are working real hard. They are not scared to work.”

Along with coaching the football team and overseeing the overall athletic program, Hopkins is the softball coach. He led the program to the second round of the playoffs last year.

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West recommended the extension.

“The board talked to me, asked for my recommendation and wanted to act on it now,” West said. “They wanted him to know they supported him.”

This fall, along with football team making the playoffs, the volleyball team reached the state semifinal and the boys cross country team advanced to the state meet.

“This has to do with the overall athletic program and the improvement we’ve seen,” West said. “It’s not just because we won a few football games. We’re proud of Brandon. We want to keep him and keep the program progressing. The future is very bright for Boyd athletics.”

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