After just two seasons and the program’s first playoff appearance since 2012, Tom Bean head football coach and athletic director Truman “Pepper” Nix has resigned.
Nix is leaving the coaching profession for business opportunities in commercial real estate in Dallas.
“I had too many irons in the fire,” said Nix, who was involved in real estate before getting into coaching. “Kind of a family move for me. I have a three-year-old and a two-year-old so I’m going to be more focused on my family.”
It was his first opportunity to be a head coach and Nix went 6-15 in the short stint with the Tomcats, including a 5-6 record this past fall that ended with a 48-19 loss against Seymour in a Class 2A Division I Region II bi-district match-up.
Tom Bean started the season 0-4 with three of the losses to eventual playoff teams and then went 5-1 in District 6-2A (I) to share the district title with Valley View and Collinsville, which was the team that beat the Tomcats in district play.
Tom Bean earned the third seed to reach the playoffs for the first time in four years and the coaching staff shared district honors with Valley View and Collinsville.
“I was very conflicted,” Nix said about his decision to step away. “They have some really good players coming up and it’s going to be a good job for someone.”
Nix inherited a program that hasn’t had a winning season since 2008 and the Tomcats went 1-9 in his first year — the lone win coming against Celeste in the second game — and 0-5 in District 5-3A (II) before the latest University Interscholastic League realignment dropped the school down in classification. Tom Bean hasn’t won a playoff game since 2004.
He is the third straight Tom Bean head coach to last just two seasons — he replaced Allen Cross, who was 7-13, and Cross was the successor for Torrey Price, who totaled a 7-14 mark that culminated with the Tomcats breaking a three-year playoff drought in 2012.
Nix came to Tom Bean following the 2014 season as the defensive coordinator at Childress. He previously was an assistant at Justin Northwest and Carrollton Newman Smith.