PASADENA

Ball High alum Kevin Berneathy was given a long sought after opportunity when the Pasadena Independent School District named him the new head football coach and campus athletic coordinator at Dobie High School on Tuesday.

“I was pretty excited because it’s hard to get head coaching jobs in Texas,” Berneathy said of his reaction to the news. “I’m just excited about the opportunity.”

Berneathy, a 2002 Ball High alum, takes over the top job with the Dobie football program after stints as defensive line coach at Dickinson, offensive coordinator at La Marque and, most recently, offensive coordinator at Angleton.

Coming from those highly successful programs, the first-time head coach will look to turn around a Dobie team that has missed the playoffs the past two seasons and that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2004.

Berneathy follows a three-year stint at Dobie by former head coach Mike Norman, who resigned in November, and said he looks forward to getting to know his players and the community.

As a head coach, Berneathy said he will demand toughness from his team, and that he wants his Longhorns to play smart with limited turnovers and to set the tempo in games.

“A big goal is just playing the game the right way and getting the kids on the same page and putting a good product on the field for the South Belt community,” Berneathy said.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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