By Joshua Koch
HOUSTON – One of the many head football coaching vacancies in Houston has been filled as Aldine Independent School District Director of Athletics Richard Delgado officially announced on Thursday the promotion of Hank Semler from defensive line coach to be the new head football coach and athletic coordinator of Aldine High School.
The hiring was first reported by Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
Semler spent last season as the Aldine Defensive Line coach.
“We were fortunate to have several candidates but the one that stood out in that program as someone who could continue and build on and add their own niche to rebuilding that program,” Delgado said in a phone interview.
Semler relplaces James Kowalewski, who spent two seasons as the head coach of the Mustangs.
Kowalewski went 2-18 overall but 0-10 this past season.
“James Kowalewski, who was with us for a couple of years really did some good stuff there,” Delgado said. “It’s going to take a while to get that program turned around. He instituted a lot of things to make that where it’s going in the right direction.”
With the hire being an in-house promotion, Delgado said a lot of the staff with remain in tact with an addition here and there.
Previously, Semler was the head coach of North Forney High School in 2010, but along with that spent time on some notable coaching staffs.
Semler spent time on the staff at Southlake Carroll and Euless Trinity when they won the state championship in 2007.
“Brings a lot of credibility, stability and experience to that program,” Delgado said of Semler.
Through the process, Delgado said they interviewed quite a few people, brought five to the panel, including a couple of head coaches and top assistants.
Officially, Semler will begin his duties as the head coach and athletic coordinator of Aldine High School on January 17.
With him already having been around the players as the defensive line coach, Delgado said it will make for a smooth transition.
“It’s a big factor,” Delgado said. “No. 1 because the kids respond to him. They work hard for him. He’s a great man but more importantly he’s a no nonsense kind of guy that will support the kids in every aspect so they can have a successful program. Not just in wins and losses but complete. We have a lot of outstanding student athletes that perform well academically and we’re proud of that aspect too.”