If you've followed Texas high school sports coverage over the past decade, you're probably familiar with eight-year journalism vet Brady Keane. But, he's made even more noise as a Texas high school coach since the start of the 2019-2020 school year. It may seem like an unusual career move, but he's satisfied with his decision so far.
"It was definitely something that I always flirted with doing at some point in my life, but I wasn't necessarily sure when I wanted to get into it," said Keane. "The more I was around coaches and kids reporting on sports and stuff, I found myself wanting to get into a profession where I had an opportunity to impact kids on a daily basis and make more of an impact. And so, it was an easy decision for me to make once I was looking for something like that to transition into pursuing education, teaching and coaching."
"I definitely do not have any doubts about the move I made," Keane added. "I love every day waking up and having the opportunity to teach and coach. it's a unique opportunity to be in a situation where you can make an impact on a kid's life every hour of the day just by what you say. That's what I was looking for when I made the move and it's lived up to every bit of that."
Keane kicked off the new stage of his life with multiple responsibilities at Winters High School for the 2019-2020 school year. He landed as the football team's wide receiver and defensive backs coach and basketball and baseball assistant coach because he contacted the school's athletic director, Matt McCarty, who served as his position coach when he played football for Bandera High School.
"I was really excited to have the opportunity to work for [Coach McCarty] last year and he's one of my biggest mentors and someone I feel like I learned a lot from," said Keane. "Coach McCarty taught me a whole lot about managing a program and helping build kids up and getting them to where they need to be."
"Coach [Kelvrett] Mattox was our head basketball coach and he really took me under his wing," he continued. "The best thing that he did for me on the basketball side was give me a ton of responsibility. I was hungry for opportunities and he was quick to give me opportunities to grow and give me responsibility on the basketball court, so that I would be able to take over my own program one day. So, I [also] owe a lot to him."