There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s looking to lead the Mustang football team to a state championship.
Rusty Nail (yes, that’s his real name) was tapped last week to join Madisonville CISD as the head football coach and athletic director.
The former Madisonville coach returns to the site of his first job with two state championship rings. He replaces Greg Morgan, who resigned earlier this year after a 1-9 football season.
Nail, a Sam Houston State University grad, coached football, basketball and baseball at Madisonville for four years beginning in 1992. He has existing relationships with about half the current coaching staff and Superintendent Keith Smith.
“He’s been successful at schools that fit our profile,” Smith said, noting Nail’s success in leading high school football teams to victory. The coach won two state championships for Mart and has been to the playoffs five times. “Rusty will assimilate well into the community. He has good character and good morals. He’s the kind of guy that parents will want their kids to play for.”
Nail also believes that the Mustangs have some potential for next season.
“This is a special place to me,” he said. “They have some talent.”
One of about 150 applicants and less than a dozen who scored an interview, Nail said he has spent the last couple of weeks researching the players and coaching staff. He has no immediate plans for sweeping changes but has some contacts in mind should there be a need for new blood.
“I wouldn’t say I’m going to flip it over,” he said. “I’m going to work on changing the mindset toward winning.”
Nail’s wife Tawnya is a principal at Mart ISD and his 14-year-old daughter Alyssa will attend Madisonville High School. His son Bryson is a high school senior and Collin, 20, is attending college.
The new athletic director has already arrived on the Madisonville campus, met with the student athletes and begun one-on-one meetings with the coaches.
“I’m excited to get involved in the program,” Nail said. “There were 14 or 15 sophomores playing on varsity. There’s a lot of talent coming up.”