GALVESTON — The Galveston school board tabbed local hero Kimble Anders as the next head football coach at Ball High during its meeting Wednesday night.
Anders will also serve as athletic director for the Galveston Independent School District. He was not present at the meeting.
Anders is a native of Galveston and a Ball High product who went on to play at the University of Houston and for 10 years with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
He was named to the Pro Bowl three times.
Since leaving the Chiefs, Anders has coached at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.
In 2009, Anders was the head football coach at Northeast High School in Kansas City, Mo. Since then, he has served as the running backs coach at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.
School board president Dr. Matthew Hay said Anders got overwhelming support from a search committee.
“A committee of seven interviewed the applicants, and they ranked the applicants as their first and second choices,” Hay said. “Mr. Anders received six of the seven number ones.”
Trustee Ken Jencks said the district was lucky to have Anders in the fold.
“We’re lucky to have an opportunity to get him back here,” Jencks said. “He said his No. 1 thing is to work with disadvantaged youth and try to pull them up so they can try to be successful in life, not only in their grades but in their attitudes and the other things necessary to reach the American dream.”
Trustee Beau Rawlins made the motion to hire Anders, and it was seconded by David H. O’Neal Jr. Anders’ hiring was approved by a 6-0 vote. Trustee Mary Cazares did not attend the meeting.
The position of head football coach at Ball High has been vacant since January when Tony Valastro stepped down after two seasons and a 2-18 record.