Making a move to a new area in the state, Jeffery Toliver will take over the Brazoswood High School track and field program for the Buccaneers this upcoming season.
Toliver was part of Danny Youngs coaching staff in Wichita Falls Hirschi last season and served as the junior high coordinator.
“This is the biggest program that I’ve worked in, and Hirschi was the biggest program last year,” Toliver said. “But we are going to try to get a lot of numbers out in this first year and go from there. I am excited about it and just excited about this opportunity.”
Toliver will coach only the boys side of track and field as Raymond Waddy will continue to coach the Lady Bucs.
A native of Mundy, Toliver comes from a rich background of track and field.
“We might have the second or third most championships in the state of Texas, so I grew up around that,” Toliver said. “I never got a state championship in anything, but I have brothers and cousins who’ve been state champions. I believe my school still holds the record for mile relay for Class 1A. So track is just something that I grew around and it is a big deal where I come from.”
In filling out his team, Toliver starts with the 400-meter runners, which is the event he ran.
“Having been a quarter-miler guy and if I was starting out with junior high kids, then I want the quarter-milers and go from there,” he said. “To me it is where track programs start, with the quarter-milers.”
One of those runners Toliver will be dealing with is junior Sam Whitmarsh, who won the 800-meter gold medal in Austin in 1 minute, 51.73 seconds as a sophomore.
“I look forward to working with the kids and I know about that kid who won the 800 at state,” Toliver said. “He is probably someone that I will not mess with too much. It sounds like he is special. It is exciting to have someone like that who is the fastest in 6A in the state in his race.”
Before heading to Hirschi, Toliver served as head track and field coach at Kermit, a Class 3A program, for two seasons then took over the track and field program in his hometown for three seasons. In his first season at Munday, he led the Class 2A Moguls to a region title.
“I’ve also been a head basketball coach and defensive coordinator in football as well,” Toliver said. “For seven seasons I’ve been a head track and field coach.”
Besides track and field, Toliver will also coach the running backs for the Buc football varsity.
His classroom duties will include teaching teen leadership.