— By GREG WEBB
It would have been very easy for former Wimberley athletic director and head football coach Weldon Nelms to rest on his laurels — and there are significant laurels available to rest upon — but the coach admits to an intrinsic oddity often befalling individuals who long for yet another test.
“I guess I am a bit peculiar in that I really like challenges,” Nelms said. “I was sitting in my office [at Wimberley] on a Wednesday — things were great, no problems — and Mr. Scoggin called. “I’ll admit I was a bit nervous about [the head coaching position] and wasn’t sure I would want to leave a “comfortable” situation and go back into the building process, again.”
With lots of think time beforehand, during the trip up to Roo land, and after the initial interview with WISD’s selection committee, Nelms hints of at least some divine intervention taking hold of the process, along with his love of the prospect of the new challenge.
“I came up on Thursday to interview, and after eight hours of driving and the 2-hour first meeting, I was asked to come back for the follow-up,” Nelms said. “For whatever crazy reasons, I felt like the good Lord either wanted me out of Wimberley or in Weatherford.
“The opportunity at Weatherford just seemed to mesh and I am very excited about being here. My wife was very supportive and upbeat through the whole process.”
Nelms has been very pleased with the response from all quarters since arriving in Weatherford — from his WISD colleagues, to the parents and Roo fans, to the kids who will be following the coach, who has seen 33 seasons, onto the gridiron.
Entering Parker County with eyes open, Nelms is cognizant of the heightened level of apprehension and expectations that come with the job, and is candid about the process.